What does the word banter mean?

Usage examples for banter

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