rail·lery f8 [raillery railleries] BrE [ˈreɪləri]
NAmE [ˈreɪləri]
noun uncountable (formal)
friendly joking about a person
Word Origin:
mid 17th cent.: from French raillerie, from railler ‘to rail’, from Provençal ralhar ‘to jest’, based on an alteration of Latin rugire ‘to bellow’.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
n.1.Pleasantry or slight satire; banter; jesting language; satirical merriment.
Let raillery be without malice or heat.
Studies employed on low objects; the very naming of them is sufficient to turn them into raillery.

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