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 ?
"He did not," the Inkstand replied; "he isn't at all forehanded at 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.
Captain Jim told his stories better, Gilbert was quicker in argument and repartee, Anne felt little gushes and trickles of fancy and imagination bubbling to her lips under the influence of Leslie's personality.
She departed in high good humour over her repartee. Meeting Sara Ray on the doorstep she stopped and asked her what was the matter with her face.
All this Mr Codlin did with the air of a man who had made up his mind for the worst and was quite resigned; his eye slowly wandering about during the briskest repartee to observe the effect upon the audience, and particularly the impression made upon the landlord and landlady, which might be productive of very important results in connexion with the supper.
"In the afternoon, of course!" he replied, and looked at Tibby to see how the repartee went.
He seemed always in good spirits, and held his own in the jests and repartee that flew about.
McCaskey was no novice at repartee. He knew what should follow the entree.
Miss Wylie unexpectedly treated this as a smart repartee instead of a rebuke.
"Oh, I have thought the ladies were very elegant and very graceful, and wonderfully quick at repartee. But what I have chiefly thought has been that they only helped me to admire you." This was not gallantry on Newman's part--an art in which he was quite unversed.
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. The Vicar soon abandoned the struggle; but the tutor, who spoke the most fluent and accomplished English, gallantly continued to pour it out to her until the ladies, to the manifest relief of all concerned, went up to the drawing-room.
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. It amused him to make up his mind in that accidental way, and he resolved then and there to enter his father's old hospital in the autumn.