Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A sudden outburst or outbreak.
- n. In music: Especially, in the early eighteenth century, a composition having an impromptu and capricious character.
- n. An impromptu dance.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete An outbreak; a caprice; a whim.
- French, from bouter ("to thrust"). See butt. (Wiktionary)
“Talking of odd words, the latest _boutade_ over here is to find new names and epithets for our dress materials -- some of them quite weird.”
“If all the admirers of these two books would but bestir themselves and look into the matter, I am sure that Sterne’s only too clever assault would be relegated to its proper place and assessed at its right value as a mere boutade.”
“Meantime his affairs at home went upside down, and his two brothers had a wretched time, where his first boutade was to kick both their wives one morning out of doors, and his own too, and in their stead gave orders to pick up the first three strollers could be met with in the streets.”
“As to French visitors, it was unlikely that they could make out its meaning, and if they did, as it did not concern them, they would consider it as a humorous boutade.”
“He objected to the brothers that they "affected the obsolete when it was not worthy of revival," and his boutade about their own poetry is well known: --”
“He knew perfectly that I recommended nothing of the sort, and he must have been very angry to indulge in this _boutade_.”
“French visitors, it was unlikely that they could make out its meaning, and if they did, as it did not concern them, they would consider it as a humorous _boutade_.”
“According to M. Guizot, "Tacite a peint les Germains comme M.ntaigne et Rousseau les sauvages, dans un acces d'humeur contre sa patrie: son livre est une satire des moeurs Romaines, l'eloquente boutade d'un patriote philosophe qui veut voir la vertu la, ou il ne rencontre pas la mollesse honteuse et la depravation savante d'une vielle societe.”
“murderer" your boutade becomes telum imbelle sine ictu,”
“According to M. Guizot, “Tacite a peint les Germains comme Montaigne et Rousseau les sauvages, dans un acces d’humeur contre sa patrie: son livre est une satire des moeurs Romaines, l’eloquente boutade d’un patriote philosophe qui veut voir la vertu la, ou il ne rencontre pas la mollesse honteuse et la depravation savante d’une vielle societe.””
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