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banter

[ban-ter] /ˈbæn tər/
noun
1.
an exchange of light, playful, teasing remarks; good-natured raillery.
verb (used with object)
2.
to address with banter; chaff.
verb (used without object)
3.
to use banter.
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70; origin uncertain
Related forms
banterer, noun
banteringly, adverb
outbanter, verb (used with object)
unbantering, adjective
unbanteringly, adverb
Synonyms
1. badinage, joking, jesting, pleasantry, persiflage. 2. tease, twit; ridicule, deride, mock.
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Examples from the web for banter
  • The golf is pretty good, the banter better.
  • The banter is witty and entertaining.
  • We can banter all day and I wont have a problem with anything you say.
  • There is an exchange of banter that is not important to the film for a few minutes.
  • As always, the actresses are wonderful, and much of the banter is funny.
  • It seems you didn't just miss the boat, but the entire shoreline on the meaning behind the banter.
  • Most readers will be entertained by the book's effervescent banter, clever clues and ingenious modus operandi .
  • He did not join his teammates in the light banter around him.
  • The first-person narrative is rife with hackneyed phrases and forced street banter.
  • We were phone buddies for about three years, both enjoying the banter and the sense of accomplishment.
British Dictionary definitions for banter

banter

/ˈbæntə/
verb
1.
to speak to or tease lightly or jokingly
noun
2.
light, teasing, or joking language or repartee
Derived Forms
banterer, noun
Word Origin
C17: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for banter
v.

1670s, origin uncertain; said by Swift to be a word from London street slang. Related: Bantered; bantering. The noun is from 1680s.

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