Definitions for: Banter


[n] light teasing repartee
[v] be silly or tease one another; "After we relaxed, we just kidded around"



Webster (1913) Definition: Ban"ter, v. t. [ imp. & p. p. Bantered(?); 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.]
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. --W.
Irving.

2. To jest about; to ridicule in speaking of, as some trait,
habit, characteristic, and the like. [Archaic]

If they banter your regularity, order, and love of
study, banter in return their neglect of them.
--Chatham.

3. To delude or trick, -- esp. by way of jest. [Obs.]

We diverted ourselves with bantering several poor
scholars with hopes of being at least his lordship's
chaplain. --De Foe.

4. To challenge or defy to a match. [Colloq. Southern and
Western U.S.]


Ban"ter, n.
The act of bantering; joking or jesting; humorous or
good-humored raillery; pleasantry.

Part banter, part affection. --Tennyson.

Synonyms: backchat, chaff, give-and-take, jolly, josh, kid, raillery

See Also: badinage, bait, cod, persiflage, rag, rally, razz, repartee, ride, tantalise, tantalize, taunt, tease, twit

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