Definition of badinage in US English:



  • Humorous or witty conversation.

    ‘cultured badinage about art and life’
    • ‘Between the two of them, they keep up a relentless barrage of 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.’
    • ‘The Duke was sure glad that there were no womenfolk around to hear this rough badinage.’
    • ‘Her novels are people-centred, using anecdote and badinage, and she was early inspired by E. Welty.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘You can even send us single sentences on ideas to save the NHS: Phil will then weave them into his badinage.’
    • ‘Trollope, especially at school, must have put up with much badinage.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Perched on a stool by the door, clad in tasteless leisure-wear… [he] would trade coarse badinage with his regulars.’
    • ‘The members of this group exercise considerable humor and badinage in dealing with each other, but they also pay close attention to maintaining standards.’
    • ‘Indeed the crime and its circumstances are relegated much of the time in favour of sequences of badinage within chambers, past and present.’
    • ‘One emerges having had a good time even if it is the private pain one remembers more than the cerebral badinage.’
    • ‘It is a laddish, locker-room badinage that I remember with indulgent nostalgia from my days playing college rugby.’
    • ‘He will engage in badinage, should you appear receptive.’
    • ‘It was through evening storytelling and breakfast badinage with these sisters that Macaulay's mature historical vision emerged.’
    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’.