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banter

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verb ban·ter \ˈban-tər\

Definition of banter

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to speak to or address in a witty and teasing manner <She laughed and bantered him a little, remembering too late that she should have been dignified and reserved. — Kate Chopin>

  3. 2 archaic :  delude

  4. 3 chiefly Southern US and Midland US :  challenge

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to speak or act playfully or wittily <The two friends bantered with each other.>

banterer

play \-tər-ər\ noun

banteringly

play \ˈban-tə-riŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of banter in a sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of banter

of obscure origin


First Known Use: 1653


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banter

noun ban·ter

Definition of banter

  1. :  good-natured and usually witty and animated joking <listening to their lively banter>

Examples of banter in a sentence

  1. I enjoyed hearing their good-natured banter.

  2. <members of the Algonquin Round Table were known for their brilliant and witty banter>

Can banter be vicious?

Banter refers to a form of jesting or to the act of exchanging joking repartee. Although the word once meant “ridicule,” and though it has a regional sense "a challenge or dare" (as in, "he performed a banter [or banner], jumping from the roof onto the snowbank"), in modern use it usually refers to a light-hearted form of wit. You would not be wrong to say that someone engages in “cruel banter,” if that is what is intended, but the word is far more often encountered in combination with modifiers such as witty, friendly, or lighthearted.

Origin and Etymology of banter

noun derivative of 1banter


First Known Use: 1688


BANTER Defined for English Language Learners


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banter

noun ban·ter

Definition of banter for English Language Learners

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


BANTER Defined for Kids

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banter

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noun ban·ter \ˈban-tər\

Definition of banter for Students

  1. :  good-natured teasing and joking


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banter

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verb ban·ter

Definition of banter for Students

bantered

bantering

  1. :  to tease or joke with in a friendly way



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