badinage [ bad-n-ahzh, bad-n-ij ]
1. light, playful banter or raillery.
verb (used with object), bad·i·naged, bad·i·nag·ing.
2. to banter with or tease (someone) playfully.
WORDS RELATED TO BADINAGE
fool, repartee, banter, teasing, ribbing, raillery, persiflage, joking, joshing, kidding
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Origin: 1650–60; < French, equivalent to badin(er) to joke, trifle (verbal derivative of badin joker, banterer < Old Provençal: fool; bad(ar) to gape ( < Vulgar Latin batāre;cf. bay) + -in < Latin -īnus-ine) + -age-age
EXAMPLE SENTENCES FROM THE WEB FOR BADINAGE
Going back, Liszt indulged in a little graceful badinage apropos of the concerto.
MUSIC-STUDY IN GERMANY|AMY FAY
He felt the pathos of her black gown; but she had rallied from the first shock of her sorrow, and met him in his key of badinage.
A HOOSIER CHRONICLE|MEREDITH NICHOLSON
He challenged me, in badinage, as though he had a right to say who should visit Wardour.
THE DIAMOND COTERIE|LAWRENCE L. LYNCH
I could not be annoyed at this mingling of praise and badinage, especially when she relieved me from all sense of intrusion.
THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY, VOLUME 16, NO. 97, NOVEMBER, 1865|VARIOUS
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