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English definition of “banter”

banter

noun [U] uk   /ˈbæn.tər/ us    /-t̬ɚ/
conversation that is funny and not serious: He considered himself a master of witty banter.Informal talking and conversation

banter

verb [I] uk   /ˈbæn.tər/ us    /-t̬ɚ/
to talk to someone in a friendly and humorous way: He stood around bantering with his colleagues.Informal talking and conversation
bantering
adjective uk   /-ɪŋ/ us  
I grew weary of his bantering style of conversation.Informal talking and conversation
(Definition of banter from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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