I. verb Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1676 transitive verb 1. to speak to or address in a witty and teasing manner 2. archaic delude 3. chiefly Southern & Midland challenge intransitive verb to speak or act playfully or wittily • banterer nounbanteringly adverb II. noun Date: 1690 good-natured and usually witty and animated joking

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  • banter — vb Banter, chaff, kid, rag, rib, josh, jolly are comparable when denoting to make fun of good naturedly (as by reminding one of an actual fault, foible, failure, or shortcoming, by exaggerated praise obviously remote from the truth, or by playful …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Banter — Ban ter (b[a^]n t[ e]r), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bantered} (b[a^]n t[ e]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Bantering}.] [Prob. corrupted fr. F. badiner to joke, or perh. fr. E. bandy to beat to and fro. See {Badinage}, and cf. {Barter} fr. OF. barater.] [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Banter — Ban ter, n. The act of bantering; joking or jesting; humorous or good humored raillery; pleasantry. [1913 Webster] Part banter, part affection. Tennyson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • banter — [n] teasing badinage, chaff, chaffing, chitchat, derision, dissing*, exchange, fun, gossip, jeering, jesting, joking, joshing, kidding, mockery, persiflage, play, raillery, repartee, ribbing, ridicule, small talk; concepts 59,278 banter [v] tease …   New thesaurus

  • banter — ► NOUN ▪ the good humoured exchange of teasing remarks. ► VERB ▪ engage in banter. ORIGIN of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary

  • banter — [ban′tər] vt. [17th c. slang < ?] to tease or make fun of in a playful, good natured way vi. to exchange banter (with someone) n. good natured teasing, ridicule, or joking banterer n. banteringly adv …   English World dictionary

  • banter — (v.) 1670s, origin uncertain; said by Swift to be a word from London street slang. Related: Bantered; bantering. The noun is from 1680s …   Etymology dictionary

  • Banter — Harald Banter (* 16. März 1930 in Berlin als Gerd von Wysocki) ist ein deutscher Komponist, Arrangeur, Musikproduzent und Bandleader. Der Sohn des künstlerischen Leiters einer Schallplattenfirma kam früh mit der Welt der Musik in Berührung. Nach… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • banter — n. 1) to exchange banter with 2) good natured, light; witty banter * * * [ bæntə] light witty banter good natured to exchange banter with …   Combinatory dictionary

  • banter — ban|ter [ˈbæntə US ər] n [U] friendly conversation in which people make a lot of jokes with and amusing remarks about each other friendly/good natured/light hearted banter banter with/between ▪ easy banter between her cousins >banter v ▪ I… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • banter — [[t]bæ̱ntə(r)[/t]] banters, bantering, bantered 1) N UNCOUNT Banter is teasing or joking talk that is amusing and friendly. As she closed the door, she heard Tom exchanging good natured banter with Jane. Syn: badinage 2) V RECIP If you banter… …   English dictionary

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