good-humored teasing; banter.
a humorous or jesting remark.
a courteous social remark used to initiate or facilitate a conversation: to exchange pleasantries.
a humorous action.
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How to use pleasantry in a sentence
It wasn’t one of these pleasantry kinds of meetings whatsoever.These Jobs Were Not Posted on ZipRecruiter (Ep. 473) | Stephen J. Dubner | August 26, 2021 | Freakonomics
To start, he exchanged pleasantries with the boy before attempting to debunk his testimony.
The men exchanged pleasantries, Buzbee recalled, and then Buzbee made an offer.As more Deshaun Watson accusers go public, their attorney rails against quarterback’s response | Will Hobson | April 15, 2021 | Washington Post
I joined him and, after some pleasantries, raised the subject.How Biking Across America Formed an Unlikely Friendship | Raffi Joe Wartanian | October 8, 2020 | Outside Online
Vargas, suspecting the conversation would turn into a recruitment pitch, stopped responding after exchanging pleasantries.Pandemic Schemes: How Multilevel Marketing Distributors Are Using the Internet—and the Coronavirus—to Grow Their Businesses | Eliana Dockterman | July 9, 2020 | Time
But this pleasantry, excellent as pleasantry, hardly deserves serious refutation.The History of England from the Accession of James II. | Thomas Babington Macaulay
It is a continental form of pleasantry, and an artistic experiment in blasphemy which is taken seriously by the unwise.Devil-Worship in France | Arthur Edward Waite
She looked up with a sort of half smile, as if she suspected some pleasantry of which she had not yet detected the drift.With Edged Tools | Henry Seton Merriman
"I think there is no necessity for carrying a pleasantry into our private life," she said, in a perfectly amiable voice.In Search of the Unknown | Robert W. Chambers
This was evidently local pleasantry, for the old man cackled over it, and his cronies joined in with gusto.Dracula | Bram Stoker
British Dictionary definitions for pleasantry
(often plural) an agreeable or amusing remark, often one made in order to be polite: they exchanged pleasantries
an agreeably humorous manner or style
rare enjoyment; pleasantness: a pleasantry of life
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