- 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.
Origin of pleasantry
Related Words for pleasantrywitticism, repartee, badinage, merriment, humor, quip, quirk, joke, banter, wit, jest, sally, levity, squib, joking
Examples from the Web for pleasantry
Historical Examples of pleasantry
I replied, that her pleasantry was much more agreeable than her anger.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Eve thought so too, and she lost all her desire for pleasantry.Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
I could have kicked him for that pleasantry—if he had not been just then too important a personage to kick.The Rise of Roscoe Paine
Joseph C. Lincoln
Sim started at the pleasantry with which Ralph had tried to soothe his spirits.The Shadow of a Crime
With which pleasantry, and a touch of the foot, I moved my friend aside.Bardelys the Magnificent
- (often plural) an agreeable or amusing remark, often one made in order to be politethey exchanged pleasantries
- an agreeably humorous manner or style
- rare enjoyment; pleasantnessa pleasantry of life
Word Origin for pleasantry
"sprightly humor in conversation," 1650s, from French plaisanterie "joke, jest; joking, jesting," from plaisant (see pleasant). Related: Pleasantries.