raillery

[ rey-luh-ree ]
/ ˈreɪ lə ri /

noun, plural rail·ler·ies.

good-humored ridicule; banter.
a bantering remark.

Nearby words

  1. railcar,
  2. railcard,
  3. railhead,
  4. railing,
  5. railingly,
  6. railroad,
  7. railroad flat,
  8. railroad pen,
  9. railroad worm,
  10. railroader

Origin of raillery

1645–55; < French raillerie, equivalent to Middle French raill(er) to rail2 + -erie -ery

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British Dictionary definitions for raillery

raillery

/ (ˈreɪlərɪ) /

noun plural -leries

light-hearted satire or ridicule; banter
an example of this, esp a bantering remark

Word Origin for raillery

C17: from French, from railler to tease, banter; see rail ²

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Word Origin and History for raillery

raillery

n.

"good-humored ridicule," 1650s, from rail (v.) + -ery, or perhaps from French raillerie, from Middle French railler "to tease" (see rail (v.1)).

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