Persiflage Definition

A light, frivolous or flippant style of writing or speaking.
Webster's New World
Such talk or writing.
Webster's New World
Frivolity or mockery in discussing a subject.
American Heritage

Origin of Persiflage

  • French from persifler to banter per- intensive pref. (from Latin per–) siffler to whistle (from Old French) (from Late Latin sīfilāre) (alteration of Latin sībilāre)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French, from persifler, from per- + siffler (“to whistle"), from Latin sÄ«bilō (“whistle")

    From Wiktionary

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