banter

[ban-ter]
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:
1660–70; origin uncertain

banterer, noun
banteringly, adverb
outbanter, verb (used with object)
unbantering, adjective
unbanteringly, adverb


1. badinage, joking, jesting, pleasantry, persiflage. 2. tease, twit; ridicule, deride, mock.
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banter (ˈbæntə)
 
vb
1.  to speak to or tease lightly or jokingly
 
n
2.  light, teasing, or joking language or repartee
 
[C17: of unknown origin]
 
'banterer
 
n

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banter
1670s, slang, origin uncertain.
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Example sentences
The golf is pretty good, the banter better.
The banter is witty and entertaining.
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.
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