banter /ˈbantə/


I. noun [ mass noun]

1. the playful and friendly exchange of teasing remarks

there was much good-natured banter.
II. verb [no obj.]

1. exchange remarks in a good-humoured teasing way

the men bantered with the waitresses
(as adj. bantering)
a bantering tone.
III. derivatives

1. banterer /ˈbantərə /

2. banteringly

– origin late 17th cent.: of unknown origin.

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