per|si|flage

per|si|flage
per|si|flage «PUR suh flahzh», noun.
light, joking talk or writing: »

She could see, behind the screen of persiflage, that John was worried (New Yorker).

SYNONYM(S): banter, raillery.
[< French persiflage < persifler to banter, apparently < per- through + Old French siffler to whistle, hiss < Latin sīfilāre, variant of sībilāre. Compare etym. under sibilant. (Cf.sibilant)]

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