from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Light good-natured talk; banter.
- noun Frivolity or mockery in discussing a subject.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun Frivolous or bantering talk; a frivolous manner of treating any subject, whether serious or otherwise; light raillery.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun Good-natured
Frivolous, lighthearted discussionof a topic.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun light teasing
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
I asked her if she really thought dangerous papist ideas were kneaded in with the bread, but she would not listen to my mild "persiflage," and went away rather anxious about my spiritual welfare.
Chateau and Country Life in France Mary Alsop King Waddington
One hopes there will always be a "persiflage" like that of
Suspended Judgments Essays on Books and Sensations John Cowper Powys 1917
Jeanie knew that there was a kind of persiflage – though she did not know the word nor yet what it meant – in which marriage was spoken of as bondage, and it was said of a man that he was going up for execution on his marriage-day.
Kirsteen: The Story of a Scotch Family Seventy Years Ago Margaret 1891
It is a note of ironic persiflage which is plainly indicated to the reader.
The Youth of Goethe Peter Hume Brown 1883
'persiflage'; for silent gesticulations, which you would be most inclined to, would not be sufficient: something must be said, but that something, when analyzed, must amount to nothing.
Complete Project Gutenberg Earl of Chesterfield Works Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield 1733
Jeering at the White Logic, I go out to join my guests at table, and with assumed seriousness to discuss the current magazines and the silly doings of the world's day, whipping every trick and ruse of controversy through all the paces of paradox and persiflage.
Chapter 37 2010
I could neither laugh with nor at the solemn utterances of men I esteemed ponderous asses; nor could I laugh, nor engage in my old-time lightsome persiflage, with the silly superficial chatterings of women, who, underneath all their silliness and softness, were as primitive, direct, and deadly in their pursuit of biological destiny as the monkeys women were before they shed their furry coats and replaced them with the furs of other animals.
Chapter 29 2010
These are the sort of longings lying semidormant in the heart of a man busy in the stratagems and persiflage of the art market.
Alan Hollinghurst On Michael Cunningham: The New York Review Of Books The Huffington Post News Team 2010
All clearly intended to be repellent, and, sadly, achieving its aim, in what seemed -- as it was meant to be -- an endless barrage of persiflage, bad poetry, and egotism, in which I, like the character played with immaculate restraint by David Hyde Pierce, cringed and prayed for flight.
Gwen Davis: La Bete Gwen Davis 2010
Valere is meant to be a street player lifted to societal acclaim by a deluded royal Joanna Lumley, who mistakes his endless persiflage for true poetry, and makes him the writer de jour, entertained and adored by high society.
Gwen Davis: La Bete Gwen Davis 2010