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badinage

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

light, playful banter or raillery.

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

to banter with or tease (someone) playfully.

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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
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British Dictionary definitions for badinage

badinage
/ (ˈbædɪˌnɑːʒ) /

noun

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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