Banter is a slightly difficult word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of banter, followed by 38 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(verb) - be silly or tease one another
EXAMPLES - Banter in a Sentence
- Only a minority of the postings were "banter" or idle chat. (source)
- The banter is fine and chuckle worthy and the jokes are the same. (source)
- Interspersed with the banter was the odd muttering of "See you soon" and (source)
- Her banter was the most extensive, and again, such ease with the audience. (source)
- The word banter caught my ear and I thought I'd better look up the etymology. (source)
- I keep hearing all the "down with corporations" banter from the left wing idiots. (source)
- Sir Robert Peel was an excellent hand at what our fathers called banter and we call chaff. (source)
- They consented and Lupin resumed, in that tone of imperceptible banter which is all his own: (source)
- I fully expect the POTUS to engage in banter with Palin every so often to elevate her standing. (source)
- Ken was callow, young, and backward; but he had a temper, and this kind of banter roused it easily. (source)
- When their banter is charged and substantive, the show shivers with organic, real emotional tension. (source)
- Martin escapes the bulk of this so called banter, purely down to the face he doesn't sit opposite me. (source)
- I thought I saw the word banter mentioned somewhere, I must be getting dyslexic in my old age. fuggyred: (source)
- I love being on a PSU, the banter is the best bit and getting petrol bombed once a year is sooo much fun. (source)
- Since Helen is in first grade now, I am wondering what kind of banter is being thrown around her classroom. (source)
- Then of course theres Morgan and Garcias banter, which is nothing short of hilarious and at times really sweet. (source)
- As a rule, such banter is kept between those who understand it and, in fact, benefit from the release it offers. (source)
- This was the time of Jonathan Swift, the author of Gulliver's Travels and Jonathan Swift had opinions about the word banter (source)
- Indeed, the film specialist took the scenic route on the flick-freeway, and his banter was a parrot ` s cacophonous chatter. (source)
- Just a disclaimer: my postings on SP of this nature (engaging in banter with ReaganWingers and their ilk) is for pure enjoyment. (source)
- But, frankly, I'd rather point out that having Spitzer and Parker sit so close together and trade sly banter is just plain creepy. (source)
- He did not keep up the kind of banter with her that he did with Charmian; he did not pay her compliments, and she hated compliments from men. (source)
- (As in, she hasn't yelled at anything / one yet.) - Cute Intern is proficient in witty banter, which is probably my favorite form of flirting. (source)
- According to the OED Swift categorized the word banter as slang "as a word 'invented by some pretty Fellows' and 'now struggling for the Vogue'." (source)
- You bring good diversity to the BombCast because your opinions are varied and present a good contrast to what can sometimes be predictable banter from the guys. (source)
- Fleda took her note to the window, half angry with herself that a kind of banter in which certainly there was very little wit should have power enough to disturb her. (source)
- So this is the kind of banter that goes on that helps the public and us figure out what the stories are, what's being hidden, what games are being played and so forth. (source)
- Fleda took her note to the window, half angry with herself that a kind of banter, in which certainly there was very little wit, should have power enough to disturb her. (source)
- I still choose not to be offended as insults are made by idiots who do not matter and banter is made by friends who do. on January 15, 2009 at 9: 40 pm | Reply D. Silberstein (source)
- The combo of Adam Scott (previously), Ken Marino, Ryan Hansen, Lizzy Caplan, and Martin Starr positively slays me, and the banter is as weird and amazing as anything on 30 Rock. (source)
- Rawlings recalled the banter he used to share with premiership defender Mick Martyn - who had the locker beside his - and the many games of indoor cricket played in the main room. (source)
- The scene was typical of any New York or Los Angeles opening: wine, cheese, and a crowd of fashionable art enthusiasts engaged in banter about the recent fairs and exhibitions they've seen. (source)
- But it's about time the bullies had their comeuppance, and if, on occasion, the artificialities of the cocktail party banter is disrupted, it's just something we'll have to learn to live with. (source)
- He spent time hanging out with them and listening to how they talk, like this kind of banter between Tina Kill (ph) and Lane Laudmill (ph), officers at the St. Paul's police department's crime lab. (source)
- But that was hardly going to stop him sharing examples of graphic toilet humour which might not be fit for a quality newspaper or indulging in the kind of banter which is a fact of life in the Army. (source)
- There's a lot of, you know, kind of banter that people have that's pretty vulgar and can be pretty obscene on a movie set, I think they can be really kind of crude to be funny and to break the tension. (source)
- They turned and walked up the street, nodding to an occasional lounger, laughing and talking easily, yet each knew that their banter was a meandering current leading to something deeper which would be sounded before they separated. (source)
- There is, indeed, a kind of banter, not unknown in academical circles, which takes the heart out of every one by displaying them in a ludicrous and depreciating light; a professor of this art will make out a sensitive person to be a coward, and a poetical man to be a sentimental fool; and then the conversation, "like a fountain's sickening pulse, retires." (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 38 example sentences provided below is 67.0, which suggests that "banter" is a standard word that is understood by individuals with a high school diploma or degree, and can be found in news articles, books, magazines and other places.
We have 22 synonyms for banter.
badinage, chaff, chaffing, chitchat, derision, dissing, exchange, fun, gossip, jeering, jesting, joking, joshing, kidding, mockery, persiflage, play, raillery, repartee, ribbing, ridicule, small talk
We have 3 antonyms for banter.
flattery, praise, work
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of banter from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (noun) Good-humored, playful conversation.
- (verb-transitive) To speak to in a playful or teasing way.
- (verb-intransitive) To exchange mildly teasing remarks.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) Good humoured, playful, typically spontaneous conversation.
- (verb) To engage in banter or playful conversation.
- (verb) To play or do something amusing.
- (verb) To tease mildly.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (verb-transitive) To address playful good-natured ridicule to, -- the person addressed, or something pertaining to him, being the subject of the jesting; to rally.
- (verb-transitive) To jest about; to ridicule in speaking of, as some trait, habit, characteristic, and the like.
- (verb-transitive) To delude or trick, -- esp. by way of jest.
- (verb-transitive) To challenge or defy to a match.
- (noun) The act of bantering; joking or jesting; humorous or good-humored raillery; pleasantry.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) To address good-humored raillery to; attack with jokes or jests; make fun of; rally.
- (None) To impose upon or cheat, originally in a jesting or bantering way; bamboozle.
- (None) To challenge; invite to a contest.
- (noun) A joking or jesting; good-humored ridicule or raillery; wit or humor; pleasantry.
- (noun) A challenge to a match or contest; the match or contest itself.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (verb) be silly or tease one another
- (noun) light teasing repartee