- Idle banter, typically on innocuous or unimportant subjects, made to open conversations, usually out of politeness.
- 1814, s:Author:Jane Austen, Jane Austen, s:Mansfield_Park/Chapter_VII, Mansfield Park
- ...to the credit of the lady it may be added that...without any of the arts of flattery or the gaieties of , he began to be agreeable to her.
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