raillery


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rail·ler·y

 (rā′lə-rē)
n. pl. rail·ler·ies
1. Good-natured teasing or ridicule; banter.
2. An instance of bantering or teasing.

[French raillerie, from Old French railler, to tease; see rail3.]

raillery

(ˈreɪlərɪ)
n, pl -leries
1. light-hearted satire or ridicule; banter
2. an example of this, esp a bantering remark
[C17: from French, from railler to tease, banter; see rail2]

rail•ler•y

(ˈreɪ lə ri)

n., pl. -ler•ies.
1. good-humored ridicule; banter.
2. a bantering remark.
[1645–55; < French raillerie]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.raillery - light teasing reparteeraillery - light teasing repartee    
repartee - adroitness and cleverness in reply
badinage - frivolous banter
persiflage - light teasing

raillery

noun
Good-natured teasing:
Informal: ribbing.
Translations

raillery

[ˈreɪlərɪ] Nburlas fpl, chanzas fpl

raillery

nNeckerei f, → Stichelei f, → gutmütiger Spott
References in classic literature ?
This raillery," cries Sophia, "is a little cruel, Lady Bellaston, after my promise to your ladyship.
Not at all, child," said the lady; "It would have been cruel before; but after you have promised me never to marry without your father's consent, in which you know is implied your giving up Jones, sure you can bear a little raillery on a passion which was pardonable enough in a young girl in the country, and of which you tell me you have so entirely got the better.
Darya Alexandrovna saw that Anna disliked the tone of raillery that existed between her and Veslovsky, but fell in with it against her will.
Marianne was vexed at it for her sister's sake, and turned her eyes towards Elinor to see how she bore these attacks, with an earnestness which gave Elinor far more pain than could arise from such common-place raillery as Mrs.
Perhaps Catherine was wrong in not demanding the cause of that gentle emotion -- but she was not experienced enough in the finesse of love, or the duties of friendship, to know when delicate raillery was properly called for, or when a confidence should be forced.
Therefore, Sweet railed at Pitman as vainly as Thersites railed at Ajax: his raillery, however it may have eased his soul, gave no popular vogue to Current Shorthand.
said Pierre with an amused smile, evidently in that cheerful mood of good humored raillery for which he so often reproached himself in his diary.
The accidents of conversation; the simple habits which regulated even such a little thing as the position of our places at table; the play of Miss Halcombe's ever-ready raillery, always directed against my anxiety as teacher, while it sparkled over her enthusiasm as pupil; the harmless expression of poor Mrs.
Piqued at their raillery, he had been practicing ever since he had joined the expedition, but without success.
Human words were, for him, always a raillery or a malediction.
Legree shook with anger; his greenish eyes glared fiercely, and his very whiskers seemed to curl with passion; but, like some ferocious beast, that plays with its victim before he devours it, he kept back his strong impulse to proceed to immediate violence, and broke out into bitter raillery.
A truce with your raillery, Sir Knights,'' said Fitzurse; ``and it were well,'' he added, addressing the Prince, ``that your highness should assure the worthy Cedric there is no insult intended him by jests, which must sound but harshly in the ear of a stranger.