banter


1ban·ter

verb \ˈban-tər\

Definition of BANTER

transitive verb
1
:  to speak to or address in a witty and teasing manner
2
archaic :  delude
3
chiefly Southern & Midland :  challenge
intransitive verb
:  to speak or act playfully or wittily
ban·ter·er \-tər-ər\ noun
ban·ter·ing·ly \ˈban-tə-riŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of BANTER

  1. <the teacher bantered pleasantly, albeit a bit awkwardly, with the students at the school dance>

Origin of BANTER

origin unknown
First Known Use: 1653

2banter

noun

: talk in which people make jokes about each other in a friendly way

Full Definition of BANTER

:  good-natured and usually witty and animated joking

Examples of BANTER

  1. I enjoyed hearing their good-natured banter.
  2. <members of the Algonquin Round Table were known for their brilliant and witty banter>

First Known Use of BANTER

1688

Rhymes with BANTER

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