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banter among friends
  casual conversation that is clever and amuses and/or teases
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  • banter among friends
  • She was too slow to banter well, but he appreciated her earnestness.
  • But I must say this business of bantering is not a duty I feel I can ever discharge with enthusiasm.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • It turned out he couldn’t sustain his side either: the witty banter, the clever games, the romance, and the wooing.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl

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  • No banter.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • AFTER THE EVENING meal I don’t eat and the forced banter and the minuscule awkward silences that drop between our sentences, and after the board comes out of the wooden box and he’s set up the pieces and we flip to see who’s the home team and he wins, I tell him I think I can handle my own fielding, and he smirks, Yeah, right, let’s go, girl, after he’s sitting beside me on the edge of the bed and after weeks of learning to let go of my rage and embrace the howling emptiness and after…
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • All the banter meant I ended up being so late I only had time to eat half my egg and no time to clear up.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • I had forgotten about the pleasures of college radio, the exquisite randomness of what got played, the twenty-minute between-songs banter of nineteen-yearolds, the smack of music I’d never heard against my brain cavity.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • This was his favorite kind of evening, whiled away to the sound of shared laughter and familiar banter.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • I snuck a look at Deoch as he bantered with someone at the door.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind

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  • I kept up a cheerful banter almost the whole way there, commenting on the beautiful blue sky, the countryside, the lack of traffic.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • Will and Nico sat shoulder to shoulder, bantering good-naturedly.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • In the morning Miri snapped on her radio, but instead of jokey morning banter and pop tunes, she heard the news that a third plane had crashed in Elizabeth.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • And the bedroom scene is so lovely—it’s worth reading through all of their ceaseless banter!"
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • She, too, worked six days a week in the store and people often came in just to hear her jokes and banter.
    Karen Levine  --  Hana’s Suitcase
  • Finally, after a half hour of worthless banter from the judge, I heard the words I’d been waiting for.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • Arthur picked up the banter.
    Edward Bloor  --  Tangerine
  • If An Yi and I teased or bantered while we studied together, Grandma would say, "Don’t be naughty, girls.
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • Soon he is taking Marie-Laure along on various errands again, teasing her about the mountains of sugar she spoons into her coffee or bantering with warders about the superiority of his brand of cigarettes.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • I’d call it banter, but it’s really not, since my contribution is nothing more than pointed looks and hand gestures, and even those are few and far between.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • He loved to tease, to banter lightly with all who crossed his path, and to mimic the supervisors who ruled him.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • The following banter, for instance (an exchange which twenty years later would have been unthinkable), caused Leslie to pat her lovely jersey-clad thighs in merriment.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • F-R-E-E. The screen went blank, with none of the friendly banter that had magically appeared every time he’d watched Jen.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Among the Hidden
  • It was banter, as always, but now there was too much truth behind it.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • This is hardly the time for idle banter.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • I get the feeling their banter is for my benefit, so that I don’t have to say anything; I can just laugh.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • He ignores Caesar’s attempts at banter and answers with a yes or no or just remains silent.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • They were too quick with their banter; they held hands as if afraid to let go.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • This lighthearted banter is all very amusing, but reality will prove otherwise.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • She lay in bed as the hoots and laughter and bantering voices downstairs began to mushroom.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • I edged in beside her and stood awkwardly while she bantered back and forth with him.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • But ere he entered his cabin, light, unnatural, half-bantering, yet most piteous sound was heard.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • "Perhaps to understand this we should search every prison and dungeon until we find the woman," bantered Eragon.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • "Ah! my dear, I am afraid you and your monk are wasting your powder," said Prince Andrew banteringly yet tenderly.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • He held her gaze as they bantered, noting that she was prettier than he remembered.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • Sometimes she and Miss Baker talked at once, unobtrusively and with a bantering inconsequence that was never quite chatter, that was as cool as their white dresses and their impersonal eyes in the absence of all desire.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • He didn’t relax into relieved banter the way Ian and Kyle did every time I completed another mission successfully.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • "What’s the matter?" his father asked, voice light and bantering now, the same kind of voice he used with Adam’s mother during her bad times.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • It was a shock, but at first no one said anything, instead just exchanging hellos and hugs and the basic how-was-the-trip banter.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • She laughed, and while their familiar banter put me momentarily outside their circle of intimacy, all was forgotten when Savannah looped her arm through mine on our way back toward the car.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • The old man, who was stooping over the fire toasting a piece of bread, looked round as he bantered Oliver thus; and chuckled as if to show that he knew he would still be very glad to get away if he could.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • "Don’t banter me," she said, wounded at what appeared to be his flippancy.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • They sauntered on down route 6, stopping frequently to examine the cars, gesticulating, bantering each other about the best way to burglarize a shack that, as Guitar said, "didn’t have a door or window with a lock."
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • But he did not have it in him to be angry with the love-master, and when that god elected to laugh at him in a good-natured, bantering way, he was nonplussed.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • "And what a regiment it was, too," cried Ilya Petrovitch, much gratified at this agreeable banter, though still sulky.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • And Jessica heard the true-banter in his voice, she allowed herself a faint hope.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • A bantering voice called out: ’Hello, are you Mr. Burden’s folks?
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • As Mack ate, he listened to the banter between the three.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • She rummaged through loose papers and makeup, so focused on her search that she didn’t realize the banter between Drew and Courtney-or anyone else, for that matter-had fallen silent.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • She handed them to me, took my bill and gave me change with no sign of recognition, none of the banter of previous days.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
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