from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Light good-natured talk; banter.
- n. Light or frivolous manner of discussing a subject.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Good-natured banter; raillery.
- n. Frivolous, lighthearted discussion of a topic.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Frivolous or bantering talk; a frivolous manner of treating any subject, whether serious or otherwise; light raillery.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Light, flippant banter; idle, bantering talk or humor; an ironical, frivolous, or jeering style of treating or regarding a subject, however serious it may be.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. light teasing
French, from persifler, to banter : per-, intensive pref. (from Latin; see per-) + siffler, to whistle (from Old French, from Late Latin sīfilāre, alteration of Latin sībilāre).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French, from persifler, from per- + siffler ("to whistle"), from Latin sībilō ("whistle") (Wiktionary)