One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Playfully teasing or mocking remarks exchanged with another person or group; banter.‘it's going to be a top night with plenty of bants’‘the bantz were better before social media and even better before text messaging’
repartee, raillery, ripostes, sallies, swordplay, quips, wisecracks, crosstalk, wordplayView synonyms
- ‘Ooh, that'll start a legendary bantz battle on Twitter come the morning.’
- ‘I haven't had any bantz from Man City, just Chelsea, United, Everton, Arsenal and, um, Fulham.’
- ‘Jake has come out and said he wasn't bothered by Bullard's bants.’
- ‘The duo had been entertaining us all with their bants throughout the evening.’
- ‘The "bants", as Jay and Neil would call them, come thick, fast and foul here and each of the four friends has their own tortuous meltdown.’
- ‘This is just an extension of bants started by a certain Seville coach this year.’
- ‘A proper Soccer Saturday supporter I reckon, loads of top bantz with your mates and bad trainers.’
- ‘The pair took their lad bants a bit too far as they passed their time in the jungle by hurling insults at each other.’
- ‘The quality of bants is obviously reliant on the quality of guests, but none of the line-ups in this series has disappointed.’
- ‘There's nothing as spectacular as Rooney's original finish, but you get to see some epic bants between the Manchester United hotshots past and present.’
Early 21st century: from banter.
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