What does the word pleasantry mean?

    Part of speech: noun

  • Playfulness; jest.

Usage examples for pleasantry

  1. At first she took the thing for a pleasantry: but the husband soon convinced her that nothing was more serious. – Paris As It Was and As It Is by Francis W. Blagdon
  2. To the faults of others Carl was always ready to accord a praiseworthy degree of indulgence, he never uttered harsh words in a tone of bitterness, and when he pronounced censure, his reproof was invariably clothed in some form of pleasantry. – The Progressionists, and Angela. by Conrad von Bolanden
  3. The other ladies looked at each other for a moment or two with meaning glances; then Mrs. Talbot remarked, in a quiet way, but with a little pleasantry in her voice, as if she were not right clear in regard to her young friend's state of feeling, Oh dear! – After the Storm by T. S. Arthur