badinage

[ bad-n-ahzh, bad-n-ij ]SEE DEFINITION OF badinage
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It passes from badinage into personalities and recriminations.

As a smile dimpled its way into her cheeks, he tired of the badinage.

And she had ignored it, taking it as badinage, and he had been too weak to brand it truth.

But I had no mind for badinage, and I turned my face from him sullenly.

"Killing them off" was a matter of badinage with the courtiers.

I felt that I was no match for my friend at badinage, and gave it up!

Hugh, pausing in his badinage with Mrs. Rindge, looked at her.

He walked slowly over to his mess, followed by the badinage of his superiors.

He challenged me, in badinage, as though he had a right to say who should visit Wardour.

While this badinage went on Trent gazed at the woman with idle curiosity.

WORD ORIGIN

"light railery," 1650s, from French badinage "playfulness, jesting," from badiner (v.) "to jest, joke," from badin "silly, jesting," from Old Provençal badar "to yawn, gape," from Late Latin badare "to gape," from *bat-, the root of abash.

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