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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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