What does banter mean?

banter meaning in General Dictionary

The work of bantering joking or jesting humorous or good-humored raillery pleasantry

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  • be silly or tease one another
  • light teasing repartee
  • to deal with playful good-natured ridicule to, -- the person resolved, or something like that regarding him, being the main topic of the jesting; to rally; since, he bantered myself about my credulity.
  • To jest about; to ridicule in these are, as some trait, habit, characteristic, and so on.
  • To delude or trick, -- esp. by means of jest.
  • To challenge or defy to a match.
  • The work of bantering; joking or jesting; entertaining or good-humored raillery; pleasantry.

banter meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1670s, source uncertain; stated by Swift is a word from London road slang. Related: Bantered; bantering. The noun is from 1680s.


banter meaning in General Dictionary

(v. t.) To deal with playful good-natured ridicule to, -- the individual addressed, or something like that regarding him, being the subject of the jesting; to rally; as, he bantered me about my credulity.

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  • (v. t.) To jest about; to ridicule in speaking of, as some trait, routine, characteristic, and stuff like that.
  • (v. t.) To delude or trick, -- esp. through jest.
  • (v. t.) To challenge or defy to a match.
  • (letter.) The act of bantering; joking or jesting; entertaining or good-humored raillery; pleasantry.

Sentence Examples with the word banter

The light banter was no longer there.

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