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ban·ter

 (băn′tər)
n.
Good-humored, playful, or teasing conversation.
v. ban·tered, ban·ter·ing, ban·ters
v.intr.
To engage in banter: bantered with her colleagues during a coffee break.
v.tr.
To speak to in a playful or teasing way: "She laughed and bantered him a little, remembering too late that she should have been dignified and reserved" (Kate Chopin).

[Origin unknown.]

ban′ter·er n.
ban′ter·ing·ly adv.

banter

(ˈbæntə)
vb
to speak to or tease lightly or jokingly
n
light, teasing, or joking language or repartee
[C17: of unknown origin]
ˈbanterer n

ban•ter

(ˈbæn tər)
n.
1. an exchange of light, playful remarks; good-natured raillery.
v.t.
2. to address with banter; chaff.
v.i.
3. to use banter.
[1660–70; orig. uncertain]
ban′ter•er, n.

banter


Past participle: bantered
Gerund: bantering

Imperative
banter
banter
Present
I banter
you banter
he/she/it banters
we banter
you banter
they banter
Preterite
I bantered
you bantered
he/she/it bantered
we bantered
you bantered
they bantered
Present Continuous
I am bantering
you are bantering
he/she/it is bantering
we are bantering
you are bantering
they are bantering
Present Perfect
I have bantered
you have bantered
he/she/it has bantered
we have bantered
you have bantered
they have bantered
Past Continuous
I was bantering
you were bantering
he/she/it was bantering
we were bantering
you were bantering
they were bantering
Past Perfect
I had bantered
you had bantered
he/she/it had bantered
we had bantered
you had bantered
they had bantered
Future
I will banter
you will banter
he/she/it will banter
we will banter
you will banter
they will banter
Future Perfect
I will have bantered
you will have bantered
he/she/it will have bantered
we will have bantered
you will have bantered
they will have bantered
Future Continuous
I will be bantering
you will be bantering
he/she/it will be bantering
we will be bantering
you will be bantering
they will be bantering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been bantering
you have been bantering
he/she/it has been bantering
we have been bantering
you have been bantering
they have been bantering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been bantering
you will have been bantering
he/she/it will have been bantering
we will have been bantering
you will have been bantering
they will have been bantering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been bantering
you had been bantering
he/she/it had been bantering
we had been bantering
you had been bantering
they had been bantering
Conditional
I would banter
you would banter
he/she/it would banter
we would banter
you would banter
they would banter
Past Conditional
I would have bantered
you would have bantered
he/she/it would have bantered
we would have bantered
you would have bantered
they would have bantered
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.banter - light teasing reparteebanter - light teasing repartee    
repartee - adroitness and cleverness in reply
badinage - frivolous banter
persiflage - light teasing
Verb1.banter - be silly or tease one anotherbanter - be silly or tease one another; "After we relaxed, we just kidded around"
bait, tantalise, tantalize, taunt, razz, twit, tease, cod, rag, rally, ride - harass with persistent criticism or carping; "The children teased the new teacher"; "Don't ride me so hard over my failure"; "His fellow workers razzed him when he wore a jacket and tie"

banter

noun
1. joking, kidding (informal), ribbing (informal), teasing, jeering, quipping, mockery, derision, jesting, chaff, pleasantry, repartee, wordplay, joshing, badinage, chaffing, raillery, persiflage She heard them exchanging good-natured banter.
verb
1. joke, kid (informal), rib (informal), tease, taunt, jeer, quip, josh (slang, chiefly U.S. & Canad.), jest, take the mickey (informal), chaff They shared a cocktail and bantered easily.

banter

noun
Good-natured teasing:
Informal: ribbing.
verb
To tease or mock good-humoredly:
Informal: kid, rib, ride.
Slang: jive, rag, razz.
Translations
مزْح، مُزاح، دُعابَه
škádlenížertování
skæmtspøg
ugratás
stríîni
geraširdiškas juokavimas
ķircināšana
žartovanie
şakatakılma

banter

[ˈbæntəʳ]
A. Nbromas fpl, guasa f
B. VIbromear

banter

[ˈbæntər] n (= chat) → badinage m

banter

nGeplänkel nt; enough of this foolish banterlassen wir das alberne Gerede!
vt (old)verulken, necken

banter

[ˈbæntəʳ] nscherzi mpl bonari

banter

(ˈbӕntə) noun
friendly teasing. The sick boy was cheered up by the noisy banter of his friends.
References in classic literature ?
Don't banter me," she said, wounded at what appeared to be his flippancy.
If the trader had not been sure, by a certain good-humored twinkle in the large eye, that all this banter was sure, in the long run, to turn out a cash concern, he might have been somewhat out of patience; as it was, he laid down a greasy pocket-book on the cotton-bales, and began anxiously studying over certain papers in it, the young man standing by, the while, looking down on him with an air of careless, easy drollery.
He recovered his spirits and began again upon a vein of foolish banter, for the amusement of the Sheriff and his guests, all being now merry with wine.
Edmund had already gone through the service once since his ordination; and upon this being understood, he had a variety of questions from Crawford as to his feelings and success; questions, which being made, though with the vivacity of friendly interest and quick taste, without any touch of that spirit of banter or air of levity which Edmund knew to be most offensive to Fanny, he had true pleasure in satisfying; and when Crawford proceeded to ask his opinion and give his own as to the properest manner in which particular passages in the service should be delivered, shewing it to be a subject on which he had thought before, and thought with judgment, Edmund was still more and more pleased.
Finding other means unavailing, he suddenly changed his tone, and began to jeer and banter him upon the mean prices he offered.
I remember what a beautiful sylph she looked to me as the low November sun shone on her blond hair, and she tripped along teasing me with her usual light banter, to which I listened half fondly, half moodily; it was all the sign Bertha's mysterious inner self ever made to me.
Found in a Bottle," "A Descent Into a Maelstrom" and "The Balloon Hoax"; such tales of conscience as "William Wilson," "The Black Cat" and "The Tell-tale Heart," wherein the retributions of remorse are portrayed with an awful fidelity; such tales of natural beauty as "The Island of the Fay" and "The Domain of Arnheim"; such marvellous studies in ratiocination as the "Gold-bug," "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," "The Purloined Letter" and "The Mystery of Marie Roget," the latter, a recital of fact, demonstrating the author's wonderful capability of correctly analyzing the mysteries of the human mind; such tales of illusion and banter as "The Premature Burial" and "The System of Dr.
As he came out into the lobby Archer ran across his friend Ned Winsett, the only one among what Janey called his "clever people" with whom he cared to probe into things a little deeper than the average level of club and chop-house banter.
Strickland was in a good humour, and when Dirk Stroeve came up and sat down with us he attacked him with ferocious banter.
He remembered the bitterness of his life at school, the humiliation which he had endured, the banter which had made him morbidly afraid of making himself ridiculous; and he remembered the loneliness he had felt since, faced with the world, the disillusion and the disappointment caused by the difference between what it promised to his active imagination and what it gave.
To tell them that she felt ashamed for herself and for them would be to betray her agitation, while to decline their offers to dress her would prolong their banter and insistence.
Hilbery would treat the moderns with a curious elaborate banter such as one might apply to the antics of a promising child.