Part of speech: verb

To make sport of; joke.

Part of speech: noun

Good humored ridicule.

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Usage examples "banter":

  1. " You may banter and make light if you want to," she said, pouting admirably. - "Alice of Old Vincennes", Maurice Thompson.
  2. There was more in this than mere banter; it was too connected and full of purpose for insanity. - "Wych Hazel", Susan and Anna Warner.
  3. Bursts of laughter punctuated his banter. - "Romance", Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer.