Bantering



an exchange of light, playful, teasing remarks; good-natured raillery.
to address with banter; chaff.
to use banter.
Contemporary Examples

Lynch avoids the packed Billy Wilder Theater to wait backstage, while Brand sits in the front row, bantering with his neighbors.
David Lynch Discusses Transcendental Meditation in Los Angeles Sean Macaulay April 6, 2013

Amid a din of bantering of her personality, Paltrow pulled off a charming guest arc on Glee, winning an Emmy for her work.
Why Do We Still Hate Gwyneth Paltrow? Kevin Fallon May 1, 2013

He cast himself, he cast lovers, ex-lovers, friends, collaborators, and his films became famous for their bantering specificity.
He’s Still Older, Even in the Moonlight: Woody Allen’s May-December Romances Inspire Scrutiny Teo Bugbee July 24, 2014

Historical Examples

Dont be so suspicious, responded Marjorie, adopting Jerrys bantering tone.
Marjorie Dean, High School Junior Pauline Lester

Now and then, he laughed in a merry way, as if he were bantering her out of something.
To be Read at Dusk Charles Dickens

The Duke of Hereward sought out his hostess, and entered into a bantering conversation with her.
The Lost Lady of Lone E.D.E.N. Southworth

This bantering is most pointed if we assume that Rosaline was dark rather than fair.
The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris

He dropped the battered pencil case into it, and his bantering tone changed instantly.
Nell, of Shorne Mills Charles Garvice

Gilbert’s voice had changed from its bantering note to a note of resolve.
Changing Winds St. John G. Ervine

Yet, despite his bantering tone, it was easy to see that he took an equal pleasure in the meeting.
Count Bunker J. Storer Clouston

verb
to speak to or tease lightly or jokingly
noun
light, teasing, or joking language or repartee
v.

1670s, origin uncertain; said by Swift to be a word from London street slang. Related: Bantered; bantering. The noun is from 1680s.

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