Definition of banter in English:

banter

noun

  • The playful and friendly exchange of teasing remarks.

    ‘there was much singing and good-natured banter’
    • ‘They continued their playful banter for a while and then were silent for a long time.’
    • ‘He was a very cheerful character and liked nothing more than to have a bit of banter with his friends.’
    • ‘Initially he was brought in to exchange bar room banter in Cheers.’
    • ‘The long looks and teasing banter was a thin barrier of what really lay between them.’
    • ‘As well as exchanging witty banter with Candyman Baker, David knows how to save money on clothes, eating out and pet food.’
    • ‘I missed my Dad a lot in the Philippines, especially our playful banter.’
    • ‘She watched as Ludmilla exchanged banter with the outcaste veteran.’
    • ‘After spending time in friendly, confidence-winning banter, Dave made it clear he had more on his mind.’
    • ‘The friendly banter shows Hayes has succeeded in creating a dynamic corporate climate.’
    • ‘Pupils often emphasised that teasing was not seen as harmful, but as a part of everyday banter, often between friends.’
    • ‘The verbal sparring and playful banter with her is really starting to ratchet up some interesting tension.’
    • ‘It was 20 minutes into the game when any prospect of good-natured banter disappeared.’
    • ‘Constant exchanges of intelligent banter and a pretty unsettling appearance hold the atmosphere to a sharp edge.’
    • ‘I watched him play Federer and it was a light-hearted affair with plenty of friendly banter.’
    • ‘So the good natured banter and dressing room style bonhomie had been shattered by a traitor in our midst.’
    • ‘Their playful banter was interrupted when Louis walked into the room.’
    • ‘With McEwan in full flow, Watson sticks his head round the door and instigates some friendly banter.’
    • ‘Jokes and banter are exchanged and students are encouraged to loosen up.’
    • ‘For a barrel of laughs, go and see this likeable duo as they entertain and exchange banter across a farm fence.’
    • ‘At first, their banter is friendly, until Heston realizes Moore is not on his side.’
    repartee, raillery, ripostes, sallies, swordplay, quips, wisecracks, crosstalk, wordplay
    badinage, witty conversation, witty remarks, joking, jesting, jocularity, drollery
    bons mots
    kidding, ribbing, joshing
    bants
    persiflage
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verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • Talk or exchange remarks in a good-humored teasing way.

    ‘the men bantered with the waitresses’
    ‘a bantering tone’
    • ‘Kitty kept her tone deliberately light and bantering, but Brandon could tell that she was serious.’
    • ‘He's been bantering with reporters about a variety of issues.’
    • ‘In New York, Fitzgerald has the reputation of a tough, no-nonsense prosecutor who doesn't relish bantering with reporters.’
    • ‘I could hear the President and Hillary bantering in the background.’
    • ‘Between songs, Patti bantered with the audience, joked around and made us laugh (it turns out that she has quite a gift for comic timing).’
    • ‘Andrei teases and banters with just about every word, although his humor isn't odd and deadpan like Anikei's - it's lighter and brighter and more relaxed.’
    • ‘Lidia Verrecchia banters amiably as she ferries cappuccinos to her customers, who sit at Formica tables backed by art deco wood panels.’
    • ‘We bantered with the audience and cracked jokes.’
    • ‘He jostles with them, has a little fun, banters.’
    • ‘This involves bantering, oftentimes between two people who good-heartedly tease each other.’
    • ‘Five minutes later I'd sort of forgotten about it, bantering in the staffroom and discussing someone's speech therapy needs, but there it sat.’
    • ‘He flirts, he likes kissing necks and shoulders, he sometimes keeps his pyjamas on, he holds hands, he banters in bed, and he makes breakfast.’
    • ‘Chip's tone was bantering, but the words made their point.’
    • ‘A gorgeous-looking Zeta-Jones banters with aplomb and a gallery of grotesques shine as some of the supporting characters.’
    • ‘When Hamlet banters with the gravediggers, he becomes a clown himself, even if the subject matter is mortality.’
    • ‘Holding court on a sofa in a busy London hotel foyer, Kiely banters away happily, using his gravelly laugh for punctuation.’
    • ‘The family wants to thank everyone for their visits and support, as well as the nurses with whom he joked and bantered.’
    • ‘Throughout the game, he banters with the arbitrator, the home plate umpire, subtly (and sometimes not so subtly) representing his club's interests and appealing for fair play.’
    • ‘For awhile they bantered back and forth, trading remarks and occasionally delving deeper into a conversation.’
    • ‘We joked, bantered, argued, gushed over some latest literary masterpieces.’
    joke, jest, pun, sally, quip
    josh, wisecrack
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Origin

Late 17th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

banter

/ˈban(t)ər/