- light, playful banter or raillery.
- to banter with or tease (someone) playfully.
Origin of badinage
Examples from the Web for badinage
It passes from badinage into personalities and recriminations.
As a smile dimpled its way into her cheeks, he tired of the badinage.The Education of Eric Lane
And she had ignored it, taking it as badinage, and he had been too weak to brand it truth.Garrison's Finish
W. B. M. Ferguson
But I had no mind for badinage, and I turned my face from him sullenly.A Daughter of Raasay
William MacLeod Raine
"Killing them off" was a matter of badinage with the courtiers.The Huguenots in France
- playful or frivolous repartee or banter
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.