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Part of speech: noun

Origin: French, mid 17th century


Humorous or witty conversation.

Examples of Badinage in a sentence

"After a badinage, it's nice to sit beside each other in quiet contentment."

"Fred's badinage always kept his friends laughing."

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About Badinage

The word badinage has a rich genealogy — it is thought to have developed from the French word "badiner" (to joke), which came from the word "badin" (fool), which is an evolution of the word "badar" (gape).

Did you Know?

If you're trying to incorporate badinage into your conversations, first establish a rapport with your audience. Empathy is just as valuable as a witty conversation.

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