Definition of badinage in English:



mass noun
  • Humorous or witty conversation.

    ‘he developed a nice line in badinage with the Labour leader’
    • ‘And there's only so much waspish, scintillating badinage with Stereophonics one can take.’
    • ‘After an interlude of witty badinage, Ginger departs, and Fred sprinkles sand on the floor of Horace's suite and dances her to sleep.’
    • ‘No doubt they are seeking a refreshing take on contemporary life - a brief respite from the melee of ill informed badinage that can wear one so.’
    • ‘One emerges having had a good time even if it is the private pain one remembers more than the cerebral badinage.’
    • ‘You can even send us single sentences on ideas to save the NHS: Phil will then weave them into his badinage.’
    • ‘Much of the badinage was about how to configure a cable network that can be flexibly and gradually expanded enough to offer each new service as consumers begin to demand it.’
    • ‘There is no cheery speech, no overlapping dialogue, no badinage, no heartiness - real or false - almost no voice raised in anger or twisted in sarcasm.’
    • ‘Trollope, especially at school, must have put up with much badinage.’
    • ‘It was through evening storytelling and breakfast badinage with these sisters that Macaulay's mature historical vision emerged.’
    • ‘Indeed the crime and its circumstances are relegated much of the time in favour of sequences of badinage within chambers, past and present.’
    • ‘Her novels are people-centred, using anecdote and badinage, and she was early inspired by E. Welty.’
    • ‘He will engage in badinage, should you appear receptive.’
    • ‘Amid jokes and badinage, the rehearsal started with Jimi Hendirx's Purple Haze and carried on with the entire Le Quattro Stagioni almost without interruption.’
    • ‘On April 20 whilst waiting in the town hall with dignitaries and other councillors prior to the induction some banter and badinage took place.’
    • ‘The Duke was sure glad that there were no womenfolk around to hear this rough badinage.’
    • ‘Perched on a stool by the door, clad in tasteless leisure-wear… [he] would trade coarse badinage with his regulars.’
    • ‘The option to close commenting after the cut-off would be lower maintenance, but then we'd lose such witty badinage as evidenced by my post on big, strong boys.’
    • ‘Between the two of them, they keep up a relentless barrage of badinage.’
    • ‘It is a laddish, locker-room badinage that I remember with indulgent nostalgia from my days playing college rugby.’
    • ‘The members of this group exercise considerable humor and badinage in dealing with each other, but they also pay close attention to maintaining standards.’
    banter, repartee, witty conversation, bantering, raillery, wit, crosstalk, wordplay, swordplay, cut and thrust
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Mid 17th century: from French, from badiner ‘to joke’, from badin ‘fool’, based on Provençal badar ‘gape’.