Definition of repartee in English:

repartee

noun

mass noun
  • Conversation or speech characterized by quick, witty comments or replies.

    ‘he had a quick mind and a splendid gift of repartee’
    ‘quick-fire repartee’
    • ‘When he is not exchanging repartee directly with his beloved, Tom affects the cynicism of a full-blown Restoration rake.’
    • ‘With witty repartee like that, it's a mystery why the woman hasn't already made a successful career for herself as a celebrity chef.’
    • ‘Vivian I'm not like you, witty repartee is not one of my gifts.’
    • ‘Young, feisty Iris leaves her creaky, would-be suitor in the dust as they engage in the sort of witty, erudite repartee that exists only in films.’
    • ‘Madcap banter and witty repartee were the way everyone conversed.’
    • ‘If you get bored watching Connery drive his Aston Martin to a romantic rendezvous for some witty repartee, the movie will likely bore you.’
    • ‘Yeah, he's a pop genius, but his cool, affable swagger and clever repartee are the perfect complement to the more extroverted, outgoing personalities of Dahle and Ms. Case.’
    • ‘Vithabai with her quick repartee and imaginative extempore dialogues and a vibrating singing voice brought about many changes in the Tamasha performance repertoire.’
    • ‘He's crying out for his own chat show, where his facility for quickfire repartee would come into its own.’
    • ‘Shining with repartee between two great wits, the play is a masterful compendium of playful banter revealing Shaw and Mrs Patrick Campbell in scenes of both confrontation and reconciliation.’
    • ‘The imbalanced pacing makes it difficult to appreciate the profound monologues and witty repartee that follow the long stretches of absurdity.’
    • ‘You always seem to have a quick remark or witty repartee.’
    • ‘The repartee is often funny, and the supporting characters hilarious.’
    • ‘I only regret that I don't have some witty repartee to entertain myself as I write this review, but I think I'm still in shock.’
    • ‘The witty repartee, the insults, and the jabs were all so natural.’
    • ‘Even though the thugs are armed with knives and chains, Edward is able to rebuff them with witty repartee and by revealing that his chauffeur carries a gun.’
    • ‘With our love of repartee, we Irish would challenge the snappiest New York scriptwriter, if only we stayed sober long enough to remember our quips.’
    • ‘Their effortless and witty repartee rivals any comedy duo that came before or after.’
    • ‘The script is pleasantly unpredictable, with some witty yet believably sharp repartee, especially between Jo and her mother.’
    • ‘Cagney and Sylvia Sidney also worked well together, reflecting Cagney's respect for Sidney as an actor and also his enjoyment of her adeptness at witty repartee.’
    banter, badinage, witty conversation, bantering, raillery, witticism, crosstalk, wordplay, patter
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Origin

Mid 17th century: from French repartie ‘replied promptly’, feminine past participle of repartir, from re- ‘again’ + partir ‘set off’.

Pronunciation

repartee

/ˌrɛpɑːˈtiː/