[ bad-n-ahzh, bad-n-ij ]
/ ˌbæd nˈɑʒ, ˈbæd n ɪdʒ /


light, playful banter or raillery.

verb (used with object), bad·i·naged, bad·i·nag·ing.

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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for badinage


/ (ˈbædɪˌnɑːʒ) /


playful or frivolous repartee or banter

Word Origin for badinage

C17: from French, from badiner to jest, banter, from Old Provençal badar to gape
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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.

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