- a quick, witty reply.
- conversation full of such replies.
- skill in making such replies.
Origin of repartee
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Examples from the Web for repartee
From the kings of late-night comedy, this repartee is par for the course.Chris Matthews, Joy Behar & More Awkward Chris Christie Fat Jokes (VIDEO)
August 28, 2012
But he loved that repartee, and quite often people were the object of it.Dear Malia and Sasha...
November 12, 2008
They went on, repartee after repartee, as if inspired by each other's spirits.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
He was quick at repartee, and his observations were gentle but pertinent.My Double Life
From the first, Alfred says, the old chap's only repartee was, 'You wait and you'll see!'Alice Adams
Yet he returned to earth long enough to indulge in a mild bit of repartee.Shavings
Joseph C. Lincoln
Egon gave a laugh at his own repartee, but the Chancellor heard neither.The Princess Virginia
C. N. Williamson
- a sharp, witty, or aphoristic remark made as a reply
- terse rapid conversation consisting of such remarks
- skill in making sharp witty replies or conversation
Word Origin and History for repartee
1640s, "quick remark," from French repartie "an answering blow or thrust" (originally a fencing term), noun use of fem. past participle of Old French repartir "to reply promptly, start out again," from re- "back" (see re-) + partir "to part, depart, start" (see part (n.)). In 17c. often spelled reparty (see -ee). Meaning "a series of sharp rejoinders exchanged" is from 1680s.