Definition of banter in English:


Syllabification: ban·ter
Pronunciation: /ˈbantər


  • The playful and friendly exchange of teasing remarks: there was much singing and good-natured banter
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    • 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.

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