Definition of banter in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈbantə


[mass noun]


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  • Exchange remarks in a good-humoured teasing way: the men bantered with the waitresses (as adjective bantering) a bantering tone
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    • Andrei teases and banters with just about every word, although his humor isn't odd and deadpan like Anikei's - it's lighter and brighter and more relaxed.
    • The family wants to thank everyone for their visits and support, as well as the nurses with whom he joked and bantered.
    • Chip's tone was bantering, but the words made their point.



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  • Ivey's gradual meltdown from confident banterer to disheveled mutterer is valiantly limned, layered with dozens of revealing looks signaling fear and frustration.
  • Immediately, the room banterers snidely remarked on my effort to be appear intelligent, of having way too much time on my hands, etc.
  • The players were surprisingly down-to-earth away from the table and it was interesting that a couple of the loudest banterers at the table actually were very friendly and pretty quiet in real life.


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  • To carry this on the proposed trip was too great a risk, and I was asked banteringly to act as banker.
  • She banteringly replied that she did not believe him and dared him to prove the truth of his assertion.
  • They often speak banteringly, but they have the credentials and the clout to back what they say.


late 17th century: of unknown origin.

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