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banter
used in Moby Dick

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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)
  • Espying the mate drawing near as he was toiling at the pump with the rest, the Lakeman affected not to notice him, but unawed, went on with his gay banterings.
    Chapters 52-54 — The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (41% 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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