- an exchange of light, playful, teasing remarks; good-natured raillery.
- to address with banter; chaff.
- to use banter.
Origin of banter
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Related Words for banterchitchat, gossip, repartee, ribbing, taunt, badinage, play, chaff, joking, mockery, ridicule, exchange, derision, jeering, fun, jesting, raillery, persiflage, dissing, kidding
Examples from the Web for banter
Contemporary Examples of banter
They banter with Alex Trebek and tell stories of life after Jeopardy!Jeopardy! Champion Julia Collins’s Brain Feels Like Mush
November 20, 2014
Miki Indyk, an Australian-Israeli living in Tel Aviv, was happy to hear the two banter.Jaffa: A Tale Of Two Lands
Lauren Gelfond Feldinger
February 16, 2014
There was plenty of time to banter before getting down to business.Denny Hastert Disses the ‘Hastert Rule’: It ‘Never Really Existed’
October 3, 2013
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
"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
September 12, 2013
Historical Examples of banter
He raised his eyes to hers; and nodded with an air of banter that was charming.
It was very gravely said, but she took it for banter, and giggled excessively.
Try not to mind the banter of your relations and friends at any possible failure.The Skilful Cook
Mrs. Garth's banter was not calculated to outlast this kind of assault.The Shadow of a Crime
For a while I hung back and took no share in the banter that was toward.Bardelys the Magnificent
- to speak to or tease lightly or jokingly
- light, teasing, or joking language or repartee
Word Origin for banter
1670s, origin uncertain; said by Swift to be a word from London street slang. Related: Bantered; bantering. The noun is from 1680s.