Idle gossip, chitchat.
French, from bavarder ‘to chatter’, from bavard ‘talkative’, from bave ‘drivel’.
“We’d like less bavardage and more action!”
The last stage of life; old age.
Senectitude comes from the Medieval Latin noun senectitūdō meaning “old age,” which in turn comes from Classical Latin senectūs, a derivative of the noun senex meaning “old man.” Senectitude entered English in the late 1700s, more precisely, in 1796 in Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels