What does banter mean?

Definitions for banterˈbæn tər

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word banter.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. banter, raillery, give-and-take, backchat(verb)

    light teasing repartee

  2. kid, chaff, jolly, josh, banter(verb)

    be silly or tease one another

    "After we relaxed, we just kidded around"


  1. banter(Noun)

    Good humoured, playful, typically spontaneous conversation.

    It seemed like I'd have to listen to her playful banter for hours.

  2. banter(Verb)

    To engage in banter or playful conversation.

  3. banter(Verb)

    To play or do something amusing.

  4. banter(Verb)

    To tease mildly.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Banter(verb)

    to address playful good-natured ridicule to, -- the person addressed, or something pertaining to him, being the subject of the jesting; to rally; as, he bantered me about my credulity

  2. Banter(verb)

    to jest about; to ridicule in speaking of, as some trait, habit, characteristic, and the like

  3. Banter(verb)

    to delude or trick, -- esp. by way of jest

  4. Banter(verb)

    to challenge or defy to a match

  5. Banter(noun)

    the act of bantering; joking or jesting; humorous or good-humored raillery; pleasantry


  1. Banter

    Banter is a radio programme that is broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in the UK, starring Andrew Collins and Richard Herring. The pilot and the first 2 series were broadcast from August 2005 to November 2006, and a third series was broadcast in April and May 2008. There have been 19 half-hour episodes so far. The programme normally takes the form of invited guests naming their "top threes" in a given category. Banter was devised by Tim Barber, Director of Leeds based Marketing Agency Lightfish and is produced for Radio 4 by Avalon. Apart from Collins and Herring, the other guests for each episode were: Pilot - Lucy Porter, Russell Howard, Will Smith. Series 1 ⁕Episode 1 - Will Smith, Russell Howard, Jenny Eclair ⁕Episode 2 - Will Smith, Simon Day, Lynn Ferguson ⁕Episode 3 - Russell Howard, Arthur Smith, Natalie Haynes ⁕Episode 4 - Russell Howard, Sue Perkins, Chris Addison ⁕Episode 5 - Will Smith, Lynn Ferguson, Dave Gorman ⁕Episode 6 - Will Smith, Russell Howard, Jenny Éclair Series 2 ⁕Episode 1 - Russell Howard, Lucy Porter, Arthur Smith ⁕Episode 2 - Rob Deering, Lynn Ferguson, Russell Howard ⁕Episode 3 - Barry Cryer, Sue Perkins, Will Smith ⁕Episode 4 - Russell Howard, Lee Mack, Julia Morris

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Banter

    bant′ėr, v.t. to assail with good-humoured raillery: to joke or jest at: (arch.) to impose upon, trick.—n. humorous raillery: jesting.—ns. Bant′erer; Bant′ering.—adv. Bant′eringly.—adj. Bant′ery (Carlyle). [Ety. quite unknown.]

Anagrams for banter »

  1. barnet, Barnet

  2. Barnet


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of banter in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of banter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Sarah Saldana:

    I can’t tell you how disheartening it is to hear a very important issue being bandied about as a political football, i would ask we focus on solutions rather than political banter.

  2. John Key:

    There's always lots of horsing around and sort of practical jokes and that's all there really was to it, ...I realized she had actually taken offence because it was all in the context of a bit of banter that was going on and so I obviously immediately apologized for that.

  3. Andy Sorkin:

    The director, very close to the start of photography, decided that we were missing a sex scene between Alec Baldwin and Nicole Kidman, i went back to the hotel and I wrote like four pages of banter that ended with them falling into bed and Nicole Kidman and Alec Baldwin cut to the next day.

  4. Piara Powar:

    There's a strand of male culture you see in the UK, and to some extent other Anglo Saxon societies, prevalent among 20, 30 and even 40-year-olds, which is : you go abroad, you drink a fair amount, you sing songs and engage in banter, and pick on someone who is different to you, there's this pervasive sexism and racism. The idea that' anyone who isn't like us, we're going to sing about them and insult them and it's part of the lad's day out.'.

  5. Gavin Parry:

    We're post 'Japan Inc' earnings now and the focus is back on China where local brokers are talking about market reforms, many of which will have a direct market impact,, there's also a continued focus on the U.S. Federal Reserve, with a lot of sell-side banter about quantifying what level of rate increases brokers are expecting. The shortened trading week should mean low volume with a very domestica focus, but the long-term outlook is still good for the Nikkei as long as the yen continues to weaken against the dollar.

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Translations for banter

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • مزاحArabic
  • задявка, закачка, задявам се, закачам се, шегувам сеBulgarian
  • drilleriDanish
  • sich amüsieren, Wortgeplänkel, Geplänkel, scherzen, auf den Arm nehmen, Spaß haben, Ulk, necken, albern, verulken, Scherz, NeckereiGerman
  • charla, burlar, charlar, tomar el pelo, bromear, chacotear, divertirse, torear, pláticaSpanish
  • pilailu, kiusoitella, pilaillaFinnish
  • badinage, taquiner, plaisanterie, badiner, s'amuserFrench
  • मज़ाकHindi
  • stríðni, stríðaIcelandic
  • chiacchierataItalian
  • whakataraMāori
  • schertsen, plagen, badinage, geplaag, schertsDutch
  • przekomarzanie się, przekomarzać sięPolish
  • caçoar, caçoada, brincadeira, bulirPortuguese
  • smågnabb, småprat, munhuggandeSwedish
  • ล้อเล่นThai
  • loumterWalloon

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