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badinage Syllabification: bad·i·nage
Pronunciation: /ˌbadnˈäZH/

Definition of badinage in English:


Humorous or witty conversation: cultured badinage about art and life
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  • The option to close commenting after the cut-off would be lower maintenance, but then we'd lose such witty badinage as evidenced by my post on big, strong boys.
  • After an interlude of witty badinage, Ginger departs, and Fred sprinkles sand on the floor of Horace's suite and dances her to sleep.
  • On April 20 whilst waiting in the town hall with dignitaries and other councillors prior to the induction some banter and badinage took place.


Mid 17th century: from French, frombadiner 'to joke', from badin 'fool', based on Provençal badar 'gape'.

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