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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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  • 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.
  • There was some bantering back and forth concerning how to beat the traffic at shift's end.
  • And in developing this calculator tool there was a fair amount of bantering back and forth about how to set this thing up.
  • These same complaints, in bantering fashion, have emerged in my meetings with him.
  • Several small boys were bantering each other by walking on the trestle.
British Dictionary definitions for bantering

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 bantering

banter

v.

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

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