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[bad-n-ahzh, bad-n-ij] /ˌbæd nˈɑʒ, ˈbæd n ɪdʒ/
light, playful banter or raillery.
verb (used with object), badinaged, badinaging.
to banter with or tease (someone) playfully.
Origin of badinage
1650-60; < French, equivalent to badin(er) to joke, trifle (verbal derivative of badin joker, banterer < Old Provençal: fool; bad(ar) to gape (< Vulgar Latin batāre; cf. bay2) + -in < Latin -īnus -ine1) + -age -age Unabridged
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  • The badinage ceased instantly and an ominous silence fell upon the whole assemblage.

    The Song of the Wolf Frank Mayer
  • "Killing them off" was a matter of badinage with the courtiers.

    The Huguenots in France Samuel Smiles.
  • He supposed it a nonsensical form of badinage, and yet it took his breath.

    The Turmoil Booth Tarkington
  • As a smile dimpled its way into her cheeks, he tired of the badinage.

    The Education of Eric Lane Stephen McKenna
  • Hungry men from the shops and offices and garages of the district were bent on food (not badinage).

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

    The Big Otter R.M. Ballantyne
  • He was not so unpractical as he seemed, our friend Tristram, with all his badinage and transparent sophistries.

    The Incendiary W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
  • He walked slowly over to his mess, followed by the badinage of his superiors.

    Tam O' The Scoots Edgar Wallace
  • It passes from badinage into personalities and recriminations.

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

British Dictionary definitions for badinage


playful or frivolous repartee or banter
Word Origin
C17: from French, from badiner to jest, banter, from Old Provençal badar to gape
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for badinage

"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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