badinage

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n badinage frivolous banter
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Badinage Playful raillery; banter. "He . . . indulged himself only in an elegant badinage ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n badinage Light playful banter or raillery.
    • n badinage Synonyms Raillery, banter.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Badinage bad′in-äzh light playful talk: banter.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. badiner, to joke, OF. to trifle, be silly, fr. badin, silly
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. badinagebadin, playful or bantering.

Usage

In literature:

The off-hand songs of her sister, Lady Clarke, are fine illustrations of rollicking Irish wit and badinage.
"The Wit of Women" by Kate Sanborn
Four riders, jumping to his orders, tossed badinage among one another like a ball.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
Instead of being modest, and a little stupid and retiring, she now answered back badinage with flippant words of her own.
"The Time of Roses" by L. T. Meade
A great deal of badinage accompanied the festivity.
"Sunlight Patch" by Credo Fitch Harris
As a smile dimpled its way into her cheeks, he tired of the badinage.
"The Education of Eric Lane" by Stephen McKenna
In measure, as badinage had previously passed him harmlessly by, it now cut deeply.
"A Breath of Prairie and other stories" by Will Lillibridge
Amid the wit and badinage she preserved the shelter of her humble station.
"Mlle. Fouchette" by Charles Theodore Murray
And no badinage on his part could further influence her.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
As for the brutal badinage in which you delight, I'm in no mood for it this evening.
"The Monk of Hambleton" by Armstrong Livingston
He seemed a man for whom the moment of badinage is past and the moment of action is come.
"Fire Mountain" by Norman Springer
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In poetry:

You with your sad comicality,
You with your bum badinage--
Confound your congeniality!
Confound your "Facial Massage?"
"Christmas Cards" by Franklin Pierce Adams
So what of Secrets mouthed beneath the Rose,
Rumorous Badinage of These and Those? -
The Lady Lodger in the Flat upstairs
Knows all you do and say - she knows - she knows!
"The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám Jr." by Wallace Irwin