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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.


in a bantering fashion
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Adv.1.banteringly - in a bantering fashionbanteringly - in a bantering fashion; "he spoke to her banteringly"
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Her mother surveyed the girl up and down with arch approval, and went on banteringly: "So you've brought
There's a pretty fellow, now, he banteringly laughed, standing in the ship's bows, there's a jackal for ye!
my dear, I am afraid you and your monk are wasting your powder," said Prince Andrew banteringly yet tenderly.