One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A sudden outburst or outbreak.
attack, fit, spasm, paroxysm, convulsion, eruption, outbreak, outburst, burst, spell, doseView synonyms
- ‘I must admit that I find hidden pleasure with his boutades and tirades.’
- ‘He has been now absolved of all guilt, and his forgeries recognised as poetical Dada boutades.’
- ‘The boutade is not a nasty comment about Bulgaria.’
- ‘Parodies, jokes, boutades, all limited to a thousand words by close-fisted editors, earned him the roubles needed to pay for his education.’
- ‘A further danger for those who study this text is that of taking isolated gestures ... for more than what they are: mere boutades, responses to specific situations.’
Early 17th century: French, from bouter ‘to thrust’.
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