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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 of banter
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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  • Nay, she throws aside the cowl entirely, and by her natural bright humor tries to banter him into acquiescence.

    Studies in Medival Life and Literature Edward Tompkins McLaughlin
  • It is said that we Americans are peculiar for banter on this subject.

    The Young Maiden A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
  • He revels in an interchange of banter and repartee which makes her eyes sparkle and his pulses beat the faster.

  • In all this banter the cowmen joined with their own well-flavored wit.

    The Free Range Francis William Sullivan
  • The time for banter had passed; they fought grimly and silently.

    The Puppet Crown Harold MacGrath
British Dictionary definitions for banter

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 banter
v.

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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