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banter

play
verb ban·ter \ˈban-tər\

Definition of banter

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to speak to or address in a witty and teasing manner

  3. 2 archaic :  delude

  4. 3 chiefly Southern & Midland :  challenge

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to speak or act playfully or wittily

ban·ter·er play \-tər-ər\ noun
ban·ter·ing·ly play \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

Rhymes with banter


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banter

noun ban·ter

Simple Definition of banter

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

Full Definition of banter

  1. :  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>



1688

First Known Use of banter

1688



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