- light, bantering talk or writing.
- a frivolous or flippant style of treating a subject.
Origin of persiflage
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Examples from the Web for persiflage
I asked in a tone of persiflage, as I took a step towards them.The Suitors of Yvonne
"Come on," said Berwick, paying no attention to Jim's persiflage.Frontier Boys in Frisco
She looked at him through his persiflage wistfully, searchingly.The Coast of Chance
Say, they made a great team, them two, when it came to exchangin' persiflage.Torchy and Vee
She was tall, beautiful, lively, gracious and learned in persiflage.The Four Million
- light frivolous conversation, style, or treatment; friendly teasing
Word Origin and History for persiflage
1757, from French persiflage, from persifler "to banter" (18c.), from Latin per- "through" (see per) + French siffler "to whistle, hiss," from collateral form of Latin sibilare "to hiss," possibly of imitative origin. Said to have been introduced in English by Chesterfield.