The DICT Development Group

Search for:
Search type:

Database copyright information
Server information

4 definitions found
 for banter
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Banter \Ban"ter\, n.
     The act of bantering; joking or jesting; humorous or
     good-humored raillery; pleasantry.
     [1913 Webster]
           Part banter, part affection.             --Tennyson.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Banter \Ban"ter\ (b[a^]n"t[~e]r), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bantered
     (b[a^]n"t[~e]rd); 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.
     [1913 Webster]
     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.
        [1913 Webster]
              Hag-ridden by my own fancy all night, and then
              bantered on my haggard looks the next day. --W.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. To jest about; to ridicule in speaking of, as some trait,
        habit, characteristic, and the like. [Archaic]
        [1913 Webster]
              If they banter your regularity, order, and love of
              study, banter in return their neglect of them.
        [1913 Webster]
     3. To delude or trick, -- esp. by way of jest. [Obs.]
        [1913 Webster]
              We diverted ourselves with bantering several poor
              scholars with hopes of being at least his lordship's
              chaplain.                             --De Foe.
        [1913 Webster]
     4. To challenge or defy to a match. [Colloq. Southern and
        Western U. S.]
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: light teasing repartee [syn: banter, raillery, give-
           and-take, backchat]
      v 1: be silly or tease one another; "After we relaxed, we just
           kidded around" [syn: kid, chaff, jolly, josh,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  102 Moby Thesaurus words for "banter":
     backchat, badinage, beard, blandish, blarney, booing, brave,
     buffoonery, cajole, catcalling, chaff, chaffing, challenge,
     chitchat, clownishness, con, dare, defy, deride, derision,
     exchange, face, fleering, flippancy, fool, foolery, fooling, front,
     fun, give-and-take, gossip, gossipry, grinning, guy, harlequinade,
     haze, hissing, hooting, horseplay, jape, jeering, jest, jesting,
     jive, joke, joking, jolly, josh, joshing, kid, kidding, leering,
     levity, make fun of, make merry with, mock, mockery, monkeyshines,
     needle, outface, panning, persiflage, pleasantry, poke fun at,
     put on, quiz, rag, ragging, raillery, rally, rallying, razz,
     razzing, repartee, rib, ribbing, ride, ridicule, roast, roasting,
     satirize, scoffing, shenanigans, small talk, smart-aleckiness,
     smartness, smirking, sneering, snickering, sniggering, snorting,
     soft-soap, sweet-talk, taunt, taunting, tease, teasing, tomfoolery,
     twit, twitting, venture, wheedle

Contact=webmaster@dict.org Specification=RFC 2229