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banter Syllabification: ban·ter
Pronunciation: /ˈban(t)ər/

Definition of banter in English:


The playful and friendly exchange of teasing remarks: there was much singing and 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, witty conversation, raillery, wordplay, cut and thrust, kidding, ribbing, badinage, joshing


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Talk or exchange remarks in a good-humored 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.
joke, jest, quip
informal josh, wisecrack


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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