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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Definitions for badinage

  1. Light, playful talk; banter.

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Citations for badinage
Ken was determined to put the cares of the world behind him and do what he loved best -- having a few celebrity friends round and enjoying an evening of anecdote and badinage over a bottle or two of vintage bubbly and some tasty cheese straws. Bel Littlejohn, The Guardian
The badinage was inconsequential, reduced to who knew whom and wasn't the weather glorious in St. Tropez, or the Bahamas, Hawaii, or Hong Kong? Robert Ludlum, The Matarese Countdown
Origin of badinage
1650-1660
Badinage comes from French, from badiner, "to trifle, to joke," badin, "playful, jocular."
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