badinage badinage


  • (n) frivolous banter


  1. His Oscar-winning scripts for A Letter to Three Wives and All About Eve were filled, stocked, clogged with clever badinage.
  2. Myrna Loy, Franchot Tone, Rosalind Russell and Walter Pidgeon as four smart young people bandying sharp-eyed badinage.
  3. As comedy it is flush with flip badinage but unilluminated by genuine humor.


  • Review: Joss Whedon Updates ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

    Is it an attempt to force some culture onto the Comic-Con nerds? William Shakespeare did, after all, invent the notion of meeting-cute. And who better to appreciate Beatrice and Benedick’s smart-alecky badinage than Joss Whedon? Shot over 12 days at his Santa Monica mansion, The Avengers director’s let’s-put-on-a-show Shakespearean house party is stocked with so many regulars from his television ...
    on June 26, 2013     Source: San Antonio Current

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