railleries

raillery

[rey-luh-ree]
noun, plural railleries.
1.
good-humored ridicule; banter.
2.
a bantering remark.

Origin:
1645–55; < French raillerie, equivalent to Middle French raill(er) to rail2 + -erie -ery


1. jesting, joking, badinage, chaff, pleasantry.
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raillery (ˈreɪlərɪ)
 
n , pl -leries
1.  light-hearted satire or ridicule; banter
2.  an example of this, esp a bantering remark
 
[C17: from French, from railler to tease, banter; see rail²]

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raillery
1653, from Fr. raillerie, from M.Fr. railler "to tease" (see rail (v.)).
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