[rep-er-tee, -tey, -ahr-]
a quick, witty reply.
conversation full of such replies.
skill in making such replies.

1635–45; < French repartie retort, noun use of feminine past participle of repartir, Middle French, equivalent to re- re- + partir to part

2. banter, sparring, fencing. Unabridged
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repartee (ˌrɛpɑːˈtiː)
1.  a sharp, witty, or aphoristic remark made as a reply
2.  terse rapid conversation consisting of such remarks
3.  skill in making sharp witty replies or conversation
[C17: from French repartie, from repartir to retort, from re- + partir to go away]

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Word Origin & History

c.1645, "quick remark," from Fr. repartie "an answering blow or thrust" (originally a fencing term), noun use of fem. pp. of O.Fr. repartir "to reply promptly, start out again," from re- "back" + partir "to part, depart, start" (see part). Meaning "a series of sharp rejoinders
exchanged" is from 1688.
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Example sentences
Do not be intimidated, but do not expect much repartee or laughter either.
He is candid, and a little coarse, his repartee sprinkled with curses and
  off-color jokes.
There was no give-and-take with the ventriloquist, no repartee.
He is masterly in his use of television, good at the small gesture, quick in
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