- good-humored teasing; banter.
- a humorous or jesting remark.
- a courteous social remark used to initiate or facilitate a conversation: to exchange pleasantries.
- a humorous action.
Origin of pleasantry
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Examples from the Web for pleasantry
I replied, that her pleasantry was much more agreeable than her anger.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Eve thought so too, and she lost all her desire for pleasantry.Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
I could have kicked him for that pleasantry—if he had not been just then too important a personage to kick.The Rise of Roscoe Paine
Joseph C. Lincoln
Sim started at the pleasantry with which Ralph had tried to soothe his spirits.The Shadow of a Crime
With which pleasantry, and a touch of the foot, I moved my friend aside.Bardelys the Magnificent
- (often plural) an agreeable or amusing remark, often one made in order to be politethey exchanged pleasantries
- an agreeably humorous manner or style
- rare enjoyment; pleasantnessa pleasantry of life
C17: from French plaisanterie, from plaisant pleasant
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Word Origin and History for pleasantry
"sprightly humor in conversation," 1650s, from French plaisanterie "joke, jest; joking, jesting," from plaisant (see pleasant). Related: Pleasantries.
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