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Meaning of BANTER

Pronunciation:  'bantur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  light teasing repartee
  2. [v]  be silly or tease one another; "After we relaxed, we just kidded around"

BANTER is a 6 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: backchat, chaff, give-and-take, jolly, josh, kid, raillery
 See Also: badinage, bait, cod, persiflage, rag, rally, razz, repartee, ride, tantalise, tantalize, taunt, tease, twit



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ban"ter\, v. t. [ imp. & p. p. {Bantered}(?); p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Bantering}.] [Prob. corrupted fr. F. badiner to joke,
    or perh. fr. E. bandy to beat to and fro. See {Badinage}, and
    cf. {Barter} fr. OF. barater.]
    1. To address playful good-natured ridicule to, -- the person
       addressed, or something pertaining to him, being the
       subject of the jesting; to rally; as, he bantered me about
       my credulity.
             Hag-ridden by my own fancy all night, and then
             bantered on my haggard looks the next day. --W.
    2. To jest about; to ridicule in speaking of, as some trait,
       habit, characteristic, and the like. [Archaic]
             If they banter your regularity, order, and love of
             study, banter in return their neglect of them.
    3. To delude or trick, -- esp. by way of jest. [Obs.]
             We diverted ourselves with bantering several poor
             scholars with hopes of being at least his lordship's
             chaplain.                             --De Foe.
    4. To challenge or defy to a match. [Colloq. Southern and
       Western U.S.]
  2. \Ban"ter\, n.
    The act of bantering; joking or jesting; humorous or
    good-humored raillery; pleasantry.
          Part banter, part affection.             --Tennyson.
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