ban·ter [banter banters bantered bantering] noun, verb BrE [ˈbæntə(r)]
NAmE [ˈbæntər]
noun uncountable
friendly remarks and jokes
He enjoyed exchanging banter with the customers.
Word Origin:
late 17th cent.: of unknown origin.
verb intransitive ~ (with sb)
to joke with sb
He bantered with reporters and posed for photographers.
Verb forms:
Word Origin:
late 17th cent.: of unknown origin.

WordNet Dictionary:
light teasing repartee
Syn: raillery, give-and-take, backchat
be silly or tease one another
- After we relaxed, we just kidded around
Syn: kid, chaff, jolly, josh
(for: chaff)
(for: kid)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
v. t.1.
[imp. & p. p. Bantered (băn"tẽrd); p. pr. & vb. n. Bantering.]
1.To address playful good-natured ridicule to, - the person addressed, or something pertaining to him, being the subject of the jesting; to rally; as, he bantered me about my credulity.
Hag-ridden by my own fancy all night, and then bantered on my haggard looks the next day.
2.To jest about; to ridicule in speaking of, as some trait, habit, characteristic, and the like.
If they banter your regularity, order, and love of study, banter in return their neglect of them.
3.To delude or trick, - esp. by way of jest.
We diverted ourselves with bantering several poor scholars with hopes of being at least his lordship's chaplain.
4.To challenge or defy to a match.
n.1.The act of bantering; joking or jesting; humorous or good-humored raillery; pleasantry.
Part banter, part affection.

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