badinage


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bad·i·nage

 (băd′n-äzh′)
n.
Light, playful banter.

[French, from Middle French, silliness, tomfoolery, from badin, silly, stupid, from Old Provençal, from badar, to gape, from Vulgar Latin *batāre; see bay2.]

badinage

(ˈbædɪˌnɑːʒ)
n
playful or frivolous repartee or banter
[C17: from French, from badiner to jest, banter, from Old Provençal badar to gape]

bad•i•nage

(ˌbæd nˈɑʒ, ˈbæd n ɪdʒ)

n., v. -naged, -nag•ing. n.
1. light, playful banter or raillery.
v.t.
2. to banter with or tease (someone) playfully.
[1650–60; < French, derivative of badiner to joke, trifle]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.badinage - frivolous banter
backchat, banter, raillery, give-and-take - light teasing repartee

badinage

noun banter, joking, teasing, mockery, chaff, pleasantry, repartee, wordplay, drollery, raillery, persiflage She tried to respond to his light-hearted badinage.

badinage

noun
Good-natured teasing:
Informal: ribbing.
Translations

badinage

[ˈbædɪnɑːʒ] Nchanzas fpl, bromas fpl

badinage

[ˈbædɪnɑːʒ] n (literary) (= banter) → badinage mbad language ngrossièretés fpl
to use bad language → dire des grossièretés
References in classic literature ?
He had meant to confide in Lydgate, and discuss the money question with him, and he had meant to amuse himself for the few evenings of his stay by having a great deal of music and badinage with fair Rosamond, without neglecting his friends at Lowick Parsonage:--if the Parsonage was close to the Manor, that was no fault of his.
The man and the woman stood face to face - the light badinage which had been passing between them suddenly ended - the man, with his sin stripped bare, mercilessly exposed, the woman, his accuser, passionately eloquent, pouring out her scorn upon a mute victim.
but gentlemanly) badinage to creep into your end of the dialogue.
Anne, as she listened to the ceaseless badinage that went on between him and Phil, wondered if she had only imagined that look in his eyes when she had told him she could never care for him.
The diners accepted the revelation in various ways--some incredulously, some with congratulations; others turned upon her the stream of badinage that had hitherto been directed at Aileen alone.
He was at home here, and he held his own royally in the badinage, bristling with slang and sharpness, that was always the preliminary to getting acquainted in these swift-moving affairs.
So well as I can make out,' said Mr Dennis, in a tone of mingled badinage and remonstrance, 'there's not a man among you.
I couldn't cope in badinage with the worthy Thomas, but I thought I knew a surer way to his heart, so I said, "Now, Mr.
Blanche met him with merry badinage and laughter, and even threw her arms around him.
But he continued to talk of his glorious father-in-law, and it was in the course of that conversation that he told me how, when the Liverpool relations of the poet's late wife naturally addressed themselves to him in considerable concern, suggesting a friendly consultation as to the boy's future, the incensed (but always refined) poet wrote in answer a letter of mere polished badinage which offended mortally the Liverpool people.
Samuel Weller's hat on one side of his head, and bearing, in one hand, a most enormous sandwich, while, in the other, he supported a goodly-sized case-bottle, to both of which he applied himself with intense relish, varying the monotony of the occupation by an occasional howl, or the interchange of some lively badinage with any passing stranger.
He turned deadly pale when he saw the writing, but still preserved his composure, and finished the playful warfare of badinage which he was at the moment carrying on with a lady opposite; and, a short time after, was missed from the circle.