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BAN'TER, v.t. [Gr. to mock, or deride.] To play upon in words and in good humor; to rally; to joke, or jest with. Banter hardly amounts to ridicule, much less to derision. It consists in being pleasant and witty with the actions of another, and raising a humorous laugh at his expense, often attended with some degree of sarcasm.

BAN'TER, n. A joking or jesting; raillery; wit or humor; pleasantry.




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BAN'TER, v.t. [Gr. to mock, or deride.] To play upon in words and in good humor; to rally; to joke, or jest with. Banter hardly amounts to ridicule, much less to derision. It consists in being pleasant and witty with the actions of another, and raising a humorous laugh at his expense, often attended with some degree of sarcasm.

BAN'TER, n. A joking or jesting; raillery; wit or humor; pleasantry.


BAN'TER, n.

A joking or jesting; raillery; wit or humor; pleasantry.


BAN'TER, v.t. [Gr. φεναξ, whence φενακιζω, to mock, or deride.]

To play upon in words and in good humor; to rally; to joke, or jest with. Banter hardly amounts to ridicule, much less to derision. It consists in being pleasant and witty with the actions of another, and raising a humorous laugh at his expense, often attended with some degree of sarcasm.


Ban"ter
  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. Irving.

  2. The act of bantering; joking or jesting; humorous or good-humored raillery; pleasantry.

    Part banter, part affection.
    Tennyson.

  3. 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.
    Chatham.

  4. 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.

  5. To challenge or defy to a match.

    [Colloq. Southern and Western U.S.]
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Banter

BAN'TER, verb transitive [Gr. to mock, or deride.] To play upon in words and in good humor; to rally; to joke, or jest with. banter hardly amounts to ridicule, much less to derision. It consists in being pleasant and witty with the actions of another, and raising a humorous laugh at his expense, often attended with some degree of sarcasm.

BAN'TER, noun A joking or jesting; raillery; wit or humor; pleasantry.

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