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View synonyms for repartee

repartee

[ rep-er-tee, -tey, -ahr- ]

noun

  1. a quick, witty reply.
  2. conversation full of such replies.

    Synonyms: fencing, banter

  3. skill in making such replies.


repartee

/ ˌrɛpɑːˈtiː /

noun

  1. a sharp, witty, or aphoristic remark made as a reply
  2. terse rapid conversation consisting of such remarks
  3. skill in making sharp witty replies or conversation


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Word History and Origins

Origin of repartee1

1635–45; < French repartie retort, noun use of feminine past participle of repartir, Middle French, equivalent to re- re- + partir to part
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Word History and Origins

Origin of repartee1

C17: from French repartie , from repartir to retort, from re- + partir to go away
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Example Sentences

Often, the “meet cute” is adorable and the lovers’ repartee is charming.

He is the master of ribald repartee; he could be cutting without being catty.

On Glee, her fast-talking, show-tune-singing man-eater could barely hide her inner pain through her witty repartee.

Their screwball-style repartee—intellectual rather than romantic—reveals not a sexual chemistry, but a winning comedic one.

From the kings of late-night comedy, this repartee is par for the course.

Benjamin Disraeli said that a parliamentary majority was better than the best repartee.

Her movements were free, her figure dainty and her repartee, below her mask, more than usually piquant.

He who is of so lofty a rank as to be above repartee, ought never to joke in a racy kind of way.

Youll find me a different sort day after to-morrow—right there with the repartee and the jollying stuff.

Both were maudlin drunk and each was trying to impress the other with his wisdom, his repartee and boldness.

Mr. Villet cheered them on by his gusto of every repartee; and John Dana set his seal of confirmation upon each profound remark.

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