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Word of the day: Badinage

Badinage

[bad-in-AHJ]

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 together in quiet contentment."

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

About Badinage

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

Did you Know?

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

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