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Definition casual conversation that is clever and amuses and/or teases
  • 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
  • bantering = casual conversation that is clever and amuses and/or teases
  • He bantered her, telling what fine dresses and fine furniture they would have.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • You have not the means to hold us here much longer, and I refuse to exchange pointless banter with a traitor like yourself.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • She had not been able to forget it for days, despite Farfrae's tender banter; and now when the matter had been nearly forgotten it was again revived.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • But underneath all the bright banter, I still feel wounded by that whole episode.
    Sophie Kinsella  --  Confessoins of a Shopaholic
  • The labored banter of his friends was only making his head ache.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • Theresa was the one who loved to dance and joke and banter with them and could keep a party going.
    Gloria Naylor  --  The Women of Brewster Place
  • FRANK [bantering her] Checks your strong natural propensity that way, don't it?
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Mrs. Warren's Profession
  • As I trail off, I hear them making one another laugh—not the words exactly, but the cadence, the rising and falling pitches of banter.
    John Green  --  Paper Towns
  • But ere he entered his cabin, light, unnatural, half-bantering, yet most piteous sound was heard.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • On the journey she'd listened to the banter between him and Grace with a kind of amused serenity.
    Nicholas Evans  --  The Horse Whisperer
  • The baby dozed in the shade, while Clara and Augustus bantered.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • There was card-playing for small stakes, idle jests of coarse nature, much bantering among the younger fellows, and occasionally a mild quarrel.
    Zane Grey  --  The Lone Star Ranger
  • 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
  • As Mack ate, he listened to the banter between the three.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • They had a light, bantering tone.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • 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
  • 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

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