rep·ar·tee [repartee repartees] BrE [ˌrepɑːˈtiː] NAmE [ˌrepɑːrˈtiː] noun uncountable
clever and amusing comments and replies that are made quickly
• She engaged him in witty repartee.
mid 17th cent.: from French repartie ‘replied promptly’, feminine past participle of repartir, from re- ‘again’ + partir ‘set off’.
Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
|n.||1.||A smart, ready, and witty reply.|
Cupid was as bad as he;
Hear but the youngster's repartee.
|v. i.||1.||To make smart and witty replies.|
[imp. & p. p. Reparteed
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