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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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  • Dont be so suspicious, responded Marjorie, adopting Jerrys bantering tone.

  • He never could resist the temptation of bantering and snubbing them.

    Lord John Russell Stuart J. Reid
  • The Duke of Hereward sought out his hostess, and entered into a bantering conversation with her.

    The Lost Lady of Lone E.D.E.N. Southworth
  • They were bantering her to bet, which she had as yet refused to do.

    Bred In The Bone Thomas Nelson Page
  • He dropped the battered pencil case into it, and his bantering tone changed instantly.

    Nell, of Shorne Mills Charles Garvice
  • Now and then, he laughed in a merry way, as if he were bantering her out of something.

    To be Read at Dusk Charles Dickens
  • Yet, despite his bantering tone, it was easy to see that he took an equal pleasure in the meeting.

    Count Bunker J. Storer Clouston
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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