V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
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.
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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