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