- an exchange of light, playful, teasing remarks; good-natured raillery.
- to address with banter; chaff.
- to use banter.
Origin of banter
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Examples from the Web for bantering
He cast himself, he cast lovers, ex-lovers, friends, collaborators, and his films became famous for their bantering specificity.
Amid a din of bantering of her personality, Paltrow pulled off a charming guest arc on Glee, winning an Emmy for her work.Why Do We Still Hate Gwyneth Paltrow?
May 2, 2013
Lynch avoids the packed Billy Wilder Theater to wait backstage, while Brand sits in the front row, bantering with his neighbors.David Lynch Discusses Transcendental Meditation in Los Angeles
April 7, 2013
Now and then, he laughed in a merry way, as if he were bantering her out of something.To be Read at Dusk
This bantering is most pointed if we assume that Rosaline was dark rather than fair.The Man Shakespeare
But when the last case had been taken out, Max dropped his bantering manner.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Gilbert's voice had changed from its bantering note to a note of resolve.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
She laughed with an affectionate air, and spoke to him in a friendly, bantering way.His Masterpiece
- to speak to or tease lightly or jokingly
- light, teasing, or joking language or repartee
Word Origin and History for bantering
1670s, origin uncertain; said by Swift to be a word from London street slang. Related: Bantered; bantering. The noun is from 1680s.