Persiflage meaning

pûr'sə-fläzh'
Light good-natured talk; banter.
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Frivolity or mockery in discussing a subject.
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A light, frivolous or flippant style of writing or speaking.
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Such talk or writing.
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Good-natured banter; raillery.

After the third strike he returned to the bench to face the inevitable persiflage from his teammates.

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Polite dinner calls for persiflage rather than in-depth possibly offensive discussion.

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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