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[ban-ter] /ˈbæn tər/
an exchange of light, playful, teasing remarks; good-natured raillery.
verb (used with object)
to address with banter; chaff.
verb (used without object)
to use banter.
Origin of banter
1660-70; origin uncertain
Related forms
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. Unabridged
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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


to speak to or tease lightly or jokingly
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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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