Definition of persiflage in English:


Pronunciation /ˈpərsəˌfläZH/ /ˈpərsəˌflɑʒ/

Translate persiflage into Spanish


  • Light and slightly contemptuous mockery or banter.

    ‘an air of persiflage’
    • ‘Its all ephemera and persiflage, as we sit mocking in the plumes as political gadflies who tell the truth.’
    • ‘When they look at academic discourse they see only persiflage: fancy words, convoluted syntax, and the pretentious invocation of authority.’
    • ‘He was not one to mince matters, nor did he wrap up inconvenient topics in persiflage.’
    • ‘He was clearly out-of-place, the only one in a tie, and as monosyllabic as a teenager during most of the persiflage.’
    banter, repartee, raillery, ripostes, sallies, quips, wisecracks, crosstalk, wordplay, teasing, ragging


Mid 18th century from French persifler ‘to banter’, based on siffler ‘to whistle’.