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verb (used with object)
  1. to address with banter; chaff.
verb (used without object)
  1. to use banter.

Origin of banter

First recorded in 1660–70; origin uncertain
Related formsban·ter·er, nounban·ter·ing·ly, adverbout·ban·ter, verb (used with object)un·ban·ter·ing, adjectiveun·ban·ter·ing·ly, adverb

Synonyms for banter

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1. badinage, joking, jesting, pleasantry, persiflage. 2. tease, twit; ridicule, deride, mock. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for bantering

taunt, fool, rag, razz, joke, jeer, ridicule, josh, deride, chaff, satirize, jest, fun, rib, mock, kid, jive

Examples from the Web for bantering

Contemporary Examples of bantering

Historical Examples of bantering

  • Now and then, he laughed in a merry way, as if he were bantering her out of something.

    To be Read at Dusk

    Charles Dickens

  • This bantering is most pointed if we assume that Rosaline was dark rather than fair.

  • But when the last case had been taken out, Max dropped his bantering manner.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Gilbert's voice had changed from its bantering note to a note of resolve.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • She laughed with an affectionate air, and spoke to him in a friendly, bantering way.

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

British Dictionary definitions for bantering


  1. to speak to or tease lightly or jokingly
  1. light, teasing, or joking language or repartee
Derived Formsbanterer, noun

Word Origin for banter

C17: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for bantering



1670s, origin uncertain; said by Swift to be a word from London street slang. Related: Bantered; bantering. The noun is from 1680s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper