repartee


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rep·ar·tee

 (rĕp′ər-tē′, -tā′, -är-)
n.
1. A swift, witty reply.
2. Conversation marked by the exchange of witty retorts.

[French repartie, from feminine past participle of repartir, to retort, from Old French, to retort, to depart again : re-, re- + partir, to depart (from Latin partīre, to divide, from pars, part-, part; see perə- in Indo-European roots).]

repartee

(ˌrɛpɑːˈtiː)
n
1. a sharp, witty, or aphoristic remark made as a reply
2. terse rapid conversation consisting of such remarks
3. skill in making sharp witty replies or conversation
[C17: from French repartie, from repartir to retort, from re- + partir to go away]

rep•ar•tee

(ˌrɛp ərˈti, -ˈteɪ, -ɑr-)

n.
1. a quick, witty reply.
2. conversation full of such replies.
3. skill in repartee.
[1635–45; < French repartie retort, n. use of feminine past participle of repartir, Middle French, =re- re- + partir to part]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.repartee - adroitness and cleverness in reply
humor, wit, witticism, wittiness, humour - a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter
backchat, banter, raillery, give-and-take - light teasing repartee

repartee

noun wit, banter, riposte, pleasantry, sally, wordplay, witticism, bon mot, badinage, raillery, persiflage, wittiness clever chat-up lines or witty repartee

repartee

noun
A spirited, incisive reply:
Translations
eutrapélie

repartee

[ˌrepɑːˈtiː] Nréplicas fpl agudas

repartee

[ˌrɛpɑːrˈtiː] nrepartie f

repartee

nSchlagabtausch m; (= retort)schlagfertige Antwort; to be good at reparteeschlagfertig sein; renowned for his reparteebekannt für seine Schlagfertigkeit

repartee

[ˌrɛpɑːˈtiː] nbotta e risposta m inv
References in classic literature ?
Miss Wylie unexpectedly treated this as a smart repartee instead of a rebuke.
Tom Saft" was a great favourite on the farm, where he played the part of the old jester, and made up for his practical deficiencies by his success in repartee.
I am a very matter-of-fact, plain-spoken being, and may blunder on the borders of a repartee for half an hour together without striking it out.
I didn't dare to make the smallest repartee, I need hardly tell you.
A graceful, brilliant woman, like Bertha, who smiled on morning callers, made a figure in ball-rooms, and was capable of that light repartee which, from such a woman, is accepted as wit, was secure of carrying off all sympathy from a husband who was sickly, abstracted, and, as some suspected, crack- brained.
Oh, I have thought the ladies were very elegant and very graceful, and wonderfully quick at repartee.
I do not mean that any beggar in the streets of London could earn 700 pounds a year--which is less than my average takings--but I had exceptional advantages in my power of making up, and also in a facility of repartee, which improved by practice and made me quite a recognised character in the City.
Archer noticed that his wife's way of showing herself at her ease with foreigners was to become more uncompromisingly local in her references, so that, though her loveliness was an encouragement to admiration, her conversation was a chill to repartee.
In those days conversation was still cultivated as an art; a neat repartee was more highly valued than the crackling of thorns under a pot; and the epigram, not yet a mechanical appliance by which the dull may achieve a semblance of wit, gave sprightliness to the small talk of the urbane.
He had thought of doctoring among other things, chiefly because it was an occupation which seemed to give a good deal of personal freedom, and his experience of life in an office had made him determine never to have anything more to do with one; his answer to the Vicar slipped out almost unawares, because it was in the nature of a repartee.
Rachel was a good deal stung by his banter, which she felt to be directed equally against them both, but she could think of no repartee.
But Snap, running before me, interrupted her in the midst of some half-pert, half-playful repartee, by catching hold of her dress and vehemently tugging thereat; till Mr.