banter

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v banter be silly or tease one another "After we relaxed, we just kidded around"
    • n banter light teasing repartee
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Banter The act of bantering; joking or jesting; humorous or good-humored raillery; pleasantry. "Part banter , part affection."
    • Banter 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."
    • Banter To challenge or defy to a match.
    • Banter 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."
    • Banter 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • banter To address good-humored raillery to; attack with jokes or jests; make fun of; rally.
    • banter To impose upon or cheat, originally in a jesting or bantering way; bamboozle.
    • banter To challenge; invite to a contest. Synonyms Banter, Rally, quiz, tease, joke. We banter another in good humor chiefly for something he or she has done or neglected to do, whether the act or omission be faulty or ridiculous or not, if it only affords a subject for a laugh or smile at his or her expense, or causes a blush not altogether painful. Rally, literally to rail, generally implies some degree of sarcasm or pungency, and is aimed at some specific fault, offense, or weakness.
    • n banter A joking or jesting; good-humored ridicule or raillery; wit or humor; pleasantry.
    • n banter A challenge to a match or contest; the match or contest itself.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Banter bant′ėr to assail with good-humoured raillery: to joke or jest at:
    • n Banter humorous raillery: jesting
    • v.t Banter bant′ėr (arch.) to impose upon, trick
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ety. quite unknown.

Usage

In literature:

Ashe bantered her a little on being one of the women who were the making of Cliffe.
"The Marriage of William Ashe" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Her voice had not the bantering note with which she had spoken at her entry.
"If Winter Comes" by A.S.M. Hutchinson
Then the Italian's manner changed and he dropped his banter.
"The Red Redmaynes" by Eden Phillpotts
But he had not taken five strides before he heard the bantering voice of the old man close behind him.
"Abbe Mouret's Transgression La Faute De L'abbe Mouret" by Emile Zola
Mrs. Garth's first impulse was to shame her adversary out of her warlike attitude with a little biting banter.
"The Shadow of a Crime A Cumbrian Romance" by Hall Caine
Some bantered him roguishly and some spoke in chest tones of what was the real inner meaning of life after all.
"Somewhere in Red Gap" by Harry Leon Wilson
One night after dinner he and McHenry were bantering each other after a few drinks of rum.
"White Shadows in the South Seas" by Frederick O'Brien
He looked at her from afar, banteringly.
"Septimus" by William J. Locke
I did my best to laugh and banter in return, but it was like a bear dancing with a sore head.
"The Doctor's Dilemma" by Hesba Stretton
His lady-love is bantering him on this frame of mind.
"A Handbook to the Works of Browning (6th ed.)" by Mrs. Sutherland Orr
Don't mind their banter for a while.
"Ruth Fielding on Cliff Island" by Alice Emerson
She did not understand the banter, and resented it.
"Half Portions" by Edna Ferber
The subject of this banter was, of course, not present at the time.
"Twelve Men" by Theodore Dreiser
He had another trick, too, of retiring within himself, even when smiling at her sallies or banteringly evading her challenge to a duel of wits.
"The Younger Set" by Robert W. Chambers
The excitement and feverish banter of Truedale affected her painfully.
"The Man Thou Gavest" by Harriet T. Comstock
Marise heard her speaking to the children, in the cheerful, bantering, affectionate, grandmother tone she had always had for them.
"The Brimming Cup" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
The very word wears a droll face, as though accustomed to banter.
"Prose Fancies" by Richard Le Gallienne
It was such a message as defiant kings have sent to banter those who contemplated an invasion of their realms.
"Tell England" by Ernest Raymond
There was much good-natured banter of this sort in the office.
"A Hoosier Chronicle" by Meredith Nicholson
The bantering offer was made and accepted in the autumn of 1836, and in the following April Mr. Lincoln removed to Springfield.
"A Short Life of Abraham Lincoln" by John G. Nicolay
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In poetry:

Our talk was edged with homely wit,
The banter flew apace,
And ever at a happy hit
The laughter clad our face.
"A Walk To Pamphy Linns" by Alexander Anderson
“My friend, ’tis not a bit of use to raise
A hurricane of bluster and of banter:
I preach my humble gospel in the phrase,
Similia similibus curantur;
"Jimmy Wood" by Barcroft Henry Boake
And had you not been an enchantress
They would not have loitered to mock
Nor spared your white parrots who walked by their paws
With bantering venturesome talk.
"The Tale Of The Tiger-Tree" by Vachel Lindsay
Now God be with the good old times for ever dead and gone,
When in this cheery room of mine I led the banter on;
For though we spoke of grave affairs, or touched the lighter side,
No man need sit and twirl his thumbs, because disqualified.
"My Curate's Motor Bike" by John O Brien

In news:

Usually we're driven away from our pet wines due to one of two factors (sometimes both), which have been bantered about in this space the past few days and weeks.
If you ever see comic Billy Eichner hanging out with his camera crew, run toward him and start bantering like a mad person.
As much as we enjoy the back and forth banter between ' Castle ' and his beloved Kate Beckett, we have to confess that Nathan Fillion never had a better female companion than Gina Torres' Zoe Washburne.
Is it stunning good looks, a sky-high IQ, a genius for witty banter.
It's clear their friendship is genuine, the banter unforced.
Irritated cursing, talk of lost tow trucks, strange banter about the Rockettes.
The new production of Noël Coward 's Present Laughter delivers as expected: finely wrought farce, sophisticated banter, and a winsome, easy-to-take view of aging.
Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law bicker and banter and bob and weave with significantly diminishing returns in this sequel to the 2009 smash hit Sherlock Holmes.
Antony's 'Future Feminism ': Stage Banter As Statement Of Purpose.
Flirting may be verbal, in the form of compliments, bantering and teasing, or it can be a smile, a steady gaze, a toss of the hair or a hand on the arm.
Was Niall Horan of One Direction's Greeting Just Harmless Banter.
PAWTUCKET — The sight of Jose Iglesias and J.C. Linares engaging in playful banter in their native tongue often leads to one or both players breaking out into mischievous smiles.
Lighthearted banter, a little bit of good-humored (if unwanted) advice and a few awkward moments open Jericho Road Improvement Association, seemingly the most unlikely of buddy comedies.
The witty banter is infectious, but the execution is just passable.
The witty banter is infectious, but the execution gets a C. Can you trust online hotel reviews.
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