V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


noun, verb

Definition: (n.) playful, lighthearted, and usually witty, teasing; (v.) to tease or joke playfully and wittily

Synonyms: (n.) repartee, joking, teasing; (v.) tease, joke

Antonyms: criticize, flatter

Tips: Banter refers to a playful form of teasing that is usually clever rather than cruel and that is usually mutual. If you are bantering back and forth, you are making teasing comments that you are almost "batting" back and forth. Banter has also come to be used to denote light, non-serious conversation.

Usage Examples:

He was known for his quick wit and clever banter. (joking, teasing) noun

The friends could banter for hours, always laughing, even at themselves. (joke, tease) verb

Although the children were told to go to sleep, their laughter and banter continued late into the night. (joking, repartee) noun

My old high school friends and I like to banter back and forth; it's our way of bonding. (joke, tease) verb

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