Definition of persiflage noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈpɜːsɪflɑːʒ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɜːrsɪflɑːʒ//
[uncountable] (formal)
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comments and jokes in which people laugh at each other in a fairly unkind but not serious way Word Origin mid 18th cent.: from French persifler ‘to banter’, based on siffler ‘to whistle’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: persiflage