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persiflage

[ pur-suh-flahzh, pair- ]
/ ˈpɜr səˌflɑʒ, ˈpɛər- /
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noun
light, bantering talk or writing.
a frivolous or flippant style of treating a subject.

OTHER WORDS FOR persiflage

1 banter, badinage, jesting.

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Origin of persiflage

First recorded in 1750–60; from French, derivative of persifler “to banter,” equivalent to per- prefix meaning “through, thoroughly, very” + siffler “to whistle, hiss,” from Late Latin sifilāre, for Latin sībilāre; see per-, sibilant, -age
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British Dictionary definitions for persiflage

persiflage
/ (ˈpɜːsɪˌflɑːʒ) /

noun
light frivolous conversation, style, or treatment; friendly teasing

Word Origin for persiflage

C18: via French, from persifler to tease, from per- (intensive) + siffler to whistle, from Latin sībilāre to whistle
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