Definition of boutade in English:

boutade

noun

formal
  • A sudden outburst or outbreak.

    • ‘I must admit that I find hidden pleasure with his boutades and tirades.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He has been now absolved of all guilt, and his forgeries recognised as poetical Dada boutades.’
    attack, fit, spasm, paroxysm, convulsion, eruption, outbreak, outburst, burst, spell, dose
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Origin

Early 17th century: French, from bouter ‘to thrust’.

Pronunciation

boutade

/buːˈtɑːd/