[ ban-ter ]
See synonyms for: banterbanteringbanterer on

  1. an exchange of light, playful, teasing remarks; good-natured raillery.

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

Other words for banter

Other words from banter

  • ban·ter·er, noun
  • ban·ter·ing·ly, adverb
  • outbanter, verb (used with object)
  • un·ban·ter·ing, adjective
  • un·ban·ter·ing·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use banter in a sentence

  • His face at once bold and bantering, is partially covered by a wrapper of white silk that falls upon his shoulders.

  • The next day was Sunday and he lounged about the shack, sometimes reading and sometimes bantering his comrade.

    The Girl From Keller's | Harold Bindloss
  • "You have found out something this time," he said, in a bantering tone.

    Colonial Born | G. Firth Scott

British Dictionary definitions for banter


/ (ˈbæntə) /

  1. to speak to or tease lightly or jokingly

  1. light, teasing, or joking language or repartee

Origin of banter

C17: of unknown origin

Derived forms of banter

  • banterer, noun

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