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1. Light good-natured talk; banter.
2. Frivolity or mockery in discussing a subject.

[French, from persifler, to banter : per-, intensive pref. (from Latin; see per-) + siffler, to whistle (from Old French, from Late Latin sīfilāre, alteration of Latin sībilāre).]


light frivolous conversation, style, or treatment; friendly teasing
[C18: via French, from persifler to tease, from per- (intensive) + siffler to whistle, from Latin sībilāre to whistle]


(ˈpɜr səˌflɑʒ, ˈpɛər-)

light, bantering talk.
[1750–60; < French, derivative of persifler to banter =per- per- + siffler to whistle, hiss]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.persiflage - light teasing
backchat, banter, raillery, give-and-take - light teasing repartee


[ˌpɜːsɪˈflɑːʒ] Nburlas fpl, guasa f


nPersiflage f
References in classic literature ?
I could neither laugh with nor at the solemn utterances of men I esteemed ponderous asses; nor could I laugh, nor engage in my old-time lightsome persiflage, with the silly superficial chatterings of women, who, underneath all their silliness and softness, were as primitive, direct, and deadly in their pursuit of biological destiny as the monkeys women were before they shed their furry coats and replaced them with the furs of other animals.
She was tall, beautiful, lively, gracious and learned in persiflage.
He was not an Italian, still less a Frenchman, in whose blood there runs the very spirit of persiflage and of gracious repartee.
It did not appear that evening that she succeeded; but as he was rising to take his leave she passed suddenly, as she was very apt to do, from the tone of unsparing persiflage to that of almost tremulous sympathy.
Winterbourne, who denied the existence of such a person, was quite unable to discover, and he was divided between amazement at the rapidity of her induction and amusement at the frankness of her persiflage.
Thus, as put by Buchinger, "[t]he story is classic Saki satire; and the humor lies in the persiflage of the typical Edwardian socialite" (54).
Les [beaucoup moins que]Amroussia[beaucoup plus grand que], Abbou, Chebbi, Seddik ne tarissent jamais de critiques, de calomnies et de persiflage a l'egard du GUN et de son chef.
This social consensus over what constitutes a worthy object of persiflage (usually moral decay) evinces, for Adorno, satire's traditional alliance with the "strong" and with "authority"--namely, the authority of the past (Adorno 239).
An entire popular tradition of persiflage organically supports the comic genre.
Attache a cette approche sage et mature, le parti est fortement conscient que ses compagnons de lutte a la tete desquels evoluaient, il y a quelque temps, des calibres de taille tels Abderrahmane Youssoufi et M'hamed Boucetta, entre autres, chutent, aujourd'hui, dans les mains de ceux qui n'honorent en rien ce passe recent ou la politique etait autre que ragot et persiflage.
We don't get a satisfactory answer but rather a flurry of persiflage about how "it is less ironic than predictable that in French, boite is a feminine gender noun.