verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of banter
Examples from the Web for banter
They banter with Alex Trebek and tell stories of life after Jeopardy!Jeopardy! Champion Julia Collins’s Brain Feels Like Mush|Sujay Kumar|November 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Miki Indyk, an Australian-Israeli living in Tel Aviv, was happy to hear the two banter.
There was plenty of time to banter before getting down to business.Denny Hastert Disses the ‘Hastert Rule’: It ‘Never Really Existed’|Eleanor Clift|October 3, 2013|DAILY BEAST
During his banter on the show, he said he "would have gotten married in Costco if it had been a option."Michelle Obama to Host National Design Award Winners; Is This the End of Prada Marfa?|The Fashion Beast Team|September 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
"I'm still crying," she quipped in the "off-the-cuff" (totally scripted) banter in the segment that followed.New ‘X Factor’ Judges. Same Horrible, Boring, Ridiculous Reality Show|Kevin Fallon|September 12, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Laughter and banter and song came from the cabins that lined the big ravine and the little ravines opening into it.A Knight of the Cumberland|John Fox Jr.
In the midst of the running tide of joke and banter Violet sat as one apart.The Odds|Ethel M. Dell
But answering her banter he once caught an expression behind her airiness.If Winter Comes|A.S.M. Hutchinson
But her companion was less facile in his mental changes, and did not respond to this quick transition from banter to sentiment.Patty's Perversities|Arlo Bates
It can easily be imagined what description of banter he had to meet and foil.The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete|George Meredith
British Dictionary definitions for banter
Word Origin for banter
Word Origin and History for banter
1670s, origin uncertain; said by Swift to be a word from London street slang. Related: Bantered; bantering. The noun is from 1680s.