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banter

Good friends usually banter back and forth easily, like they're trying to keep a step ahead of each other in witty responses. This type of banter is their special language of friendship.

Banter is both a noun and a verb about talking. It comes from unknown origins, but even as a word, it seems to be playful and teasing. You can engage in banter with friends, siblings, parents, and even good-natured strangers. Banter usually ends with everyone feeling better for the talk and verbal play. Joking, joshing, and teasing are all related to banter.

Definitions of banter
  1. noun
    light teasing repartee
    synonyms: backchat, give-and-take, raillery
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    types:
    badinage
    frivolous banter
    persiflage
    light teasing
    type of:
    repartee
    adroitness and cleverness in reply
  2. verb
    be silly or tease one another
    synonyms: chaff, jolly, josh, kid
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    type of:
    bait, cod, rag, rally, razz, ride, tantalise, tantalize, taunt, tease, twit
    harass with persistent criticism or carping
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