Definition of repartee in US English:

repartee

noun

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The witty repartee, the insults, and the jabs were all so natural.’
    • ‘Their effortless and witty repartee rivals any comedy duo that came before or after.’
    • ‘Vivian I'm not like you, witty repartee is not one of my gifts.’
    • ‘You always seem to have a quick remark or witty repartee.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Vithabai with her quick repartee and imaginative extempore dialogues and a vibrating singing voice brought about many changes in the Tamasha performance repertoire.’
    • ‘The script is pleasantly unpredictable, with some witty yet believably sharp repartee, especially between Jo and her mother.’
    • ‘The repartee is often funny, and the supporting characters hilarious.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When he is not exchanging repartee directly with his beloved, Tom affects the cynicism of a full-blown Restoration rake.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The imbalanced pacing makes it difficult to appreciate the profound monologues and witty repartee that follow the long stretches of absurdity.’
    • ‘He's crying out for his own chat show, where his facility for quickfire repartee would come into its own.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’.

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