banter

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banter (uncountable)

  1. Good-humoured, playful, typically spontaneous conversation.
    It seemed like I'd have to listen to her playful banter for hours.

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banter (third-person singular simple present banters, present participle bantering, simple past and past participle bantered)

  1. (intransitive) To engage in banter or playful conversation.
  2. (intransitive) To play or do something amusing.
  3. (transitive) To tease (someone) mildly.
    • Washington Irving
      Hag-ridden by my own fancy all night, and then bantered on my haggard looks the next day.
  4. (transitive) To joke about; to ridicule (a trait, habit, etc.).
    • Chatham
      If they banter your regularity, order, and love of study, banter in return their neglect of them.
  5. (transitive) To delude or trick; to play a prank upon.
    • Daniel De Foe
      We diverted ourselves with bantering several poor scholars with hopes of being at least his lordship's chaplain.
  6. (transitive, US, Southern and Western, colloquial) To challenge to a match.

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