Definition of bants in English:


(also bantz)

plural noun

  • 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’
    • ‘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.’
    repartee, raillery, ripostes, sallies, swordplay, quips, wisecracks, crosstalk, wordplay
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Early 21st century: from banter.