an outburst; sally

Word Origin for boutade

C17: from French, from bouter to thrust
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Examples from the Web for boutade

Historical Examples of boutade

  • He knew perfectly that I recommended nothing of the sort, and he must have been very angry to indulge in this boutade.

    The Path Of Duty

    Henry James