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banter Line breaks: ban¦ter
Pronunciation: /ˈbantə/

Definition of banter in English:


[mass noun]
The playful and friendly exchange of teasing remarks: there was much good-natured banter
More example sentences
  • The verbal sparring and playful banter with her is really starting to ratchet up some interesting tension.
  • After spending time in friendly, confidence-winning banter, Dave made it clear he had more on his mind.
  • I missed my Dad a lot in the Philippines, especially our playful banter.
repartee, raillery, ripostes, sallies, swordplay, quips, wisecracks, crosstalk, wordplay;
badinage, witty conversation, witty remarks, witticism(s), joking, jesting, jocularity, drollery;
French bons mots
informal kidding, ribbing, joshing
British informal bants
rare persiflage


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Exchange remarks in a good-humoured teasing way: the men bantered with the waitresses (as adjective bantering) a bantering tone
More example sentences
  • 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.
joke, jest, pun, sally, quip
informal josh, wisecrack


Pronunciation: /ˈbantərə/
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with banter

Atlanta, canter, infanta, levanter, manta, ranter, Santa, tam-o'-shanter
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