raillery

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noun rail·lery \ˈrā-lə-rē\

Definition of raillery

plural

railleries

  1. 1 :  good-natured ridicule :  banter

  2. 2 :  jest

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Examples of raillery in a Sentence

  1. Luke had to put up with a lot of raillery from his sister the first time he asked a girl for a date.

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Did You Know?

Raillery is the anglicized form of the French word raillerie, which stems from the Middle French verb railler, meaning "to mock." "Railler," which probably comes from Old French reillier ("to growl" or "to mutter") and ultimately from Late Latin ragere ("to neigh"), also gave us our verb "rail." But "rail" and "raillery" are quite different in tone. Rail means "to revile or scold in harsh, insolent, or abusive language," whereas "raillery" usually suggests cutting wit that pokes fun good-naturedly.

Origin and Etymology of raillery

French raillerie, from Middle French, from railler to mock


RAILLERY Defined for English Language Learners

raillery

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Definition of raillery for English Language Learners

  • : friendly joking about or with somebody


RAILLERY Defined for Kids

raillery

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noun rail·lery \ˈrā-lə-rē\

Definition of raillery for Students

  1. :  an act or instance of making fun of someone in a good-natured way



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