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banter

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

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.
bantering
adjective uk   /-ɪŋ/ us  
I grew weary of his bantering style of conversation.
Translations of “banter”
in Spanish broma…
in French taquinerie(s)…
in German der Scherz…
in Chinese (Traditional) 開玩笑,逗樂…
in Russian шутливая беседа…
in Turkish şaka, latife, alay…
in Chinese (Simplified) 开玩笑,逗乐…
in Polish żarty, przekomarzanie…
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