banter

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
ban•ter /ˈbæntɚ/USA pronunciation   n. 
    [uncountable]
  1. playful teasing.

v. [no object]
  1. to tease playfully:The president bantered with reporters.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
ban•ter  (bantər),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. an exchange of light, playful, teasing remarks;
    good-natured raillery.

v.t. 
  1. to address with banter;
    chaff.

v.i. 
  1. to use banter.
banter•er, n. 
banter•ing•ly, adv. 
  • origin, originally uncertain 1660–70
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged . badinage, joking, jesting, pleasantry, persiflage.
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged . tease, twit;
      ridicule, deride, mock.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
banter /ˈbæntə/ vb
  1. to speak to or tease lightly or jokingly
n
  1. light, teasing, or joking language or repartee
Etymology: 17th Century: of unknown origin

ˈbanterer n
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