- good-humored ridicule; banter.
- a bantering remark.
Origin of raillery
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1. jesting, joking, badinage, chaff, pleasantry.
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Examples from the Web for raillery
For my own part, I thought pride in his case an improper subject for raillery.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Her raillery, like the raillery of princes, was without fear of retort.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
I have done with raillery: my first, my only object, is your happiness.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
For the edge may be taken off, if it does not make the subject of its raillery wince a little.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
I was a little afraid of his raillery, and of the quickness of his observation.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
- light-hearted satire or ridicule; banter
- an example of this, esp a bantering remark
C17: from French, from railler to tease, banter; see rail ²
Word Origin and History for raillery
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