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
Once he was on the field with them, tossing the ball and bantering with the players.
It's no longer a bantering process of thinking and living out loud.
He maintains that bantering tone until he finds himself far too embattled for kidding around.
Even on its bantering surface, the play takes a few turns into the peculiar.
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