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banter
used in Moby Dick

3 uses
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Definition
casual conversation that is clever and amuses and/or teases
  • But ere he entered his cabin, light, unnatural, half-bantering, yet most piteous sound was heard.
    Chapters 112-114 -- The Blacksmith; The Forge; The Gilder (75% in)
  • Foremost through the sparkling sea shoots on the gay, embattled, bantering bow, but only to drag dark Ahab after it, where he broods within his sternward cabin, builded over the dead water of the wake, and further on, hunted by its wolfish gurglings.
    Chapters 37-39 -- Sunset; Dusk; First Night-Watch (67% in)
  • "There's a pretty fellow, now," he banteringly laughed, standing in the ship's bows, "there's a jackal for ye!
    Chapters 91-93 -- The Pequod Meets The Rose-Bud; Ambergris; The Castaway (8% in)

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