banter








noun

  1. an exchange of light, playful, teasing remarks; good-natured raillery.

verb (used with object)

  1. to address with banter; chaff.

verb (used without object)

  1. to use banter.

verb

  1. to speak to or tease lightly or jokingly

noun

  1. light, teasing, or joking language or repartee
v.

1670s, origin uncertain; said by Swift to be a word from London street slang. Related: Bantered; bantering. The noun is from 1680s.

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