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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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British Dictionary definitions for banterer

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 banterer
banter
1670s, slang, origin uncertain.
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