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Good-humored, playful, or teasing conversation.
v. ban·tered, ban·ter·ing, ban·ters
To engage in banter: bantered with her colleagues during a coffee break.
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).

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ban′ter·er n.
ban′ter·ing·ly adv.
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But you are afraid, just as any of us would be, to go out there naked, armed only with a knife and a piece of rope," said the banterer.
Indeed, sir," answered Jones, "I scorn the character of a banterer.
Since Gascoigne was left out of Glenn Hoddle's World Cup plans two years ago, his absence has been mourned not only as a midfield playmaker but as a banterer par excellence.