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banter

[ ban-ter ]
/ ˈbæn tər /
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noun
an exchange of light, playful, teasing remarks; good-natured raillery.
verb (used with object)
to address with banter; chaff.
verb (used without object)
to use banter.
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Origin of banter

First recorded in 1660–70; origin uncertain

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British Dictionary definitions for banter

banter
/ (ˈbæntə) /

verb
to speak to or tease lightly or jokingly
noun
light, teasing, or joking language or repartee

Derived forms of banter

banterer, noun

Word Origin for banter

C17: of unknown origin
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