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BAN'TER, verb transitive [Gr. to mock, or deride.] To play upon in words and in good humor; to rally; to joke, or jest with. banter hardly amounts to ridicule, much less to derision. It consists in being pleasant and witty with the actions of another, and raising a humorous laugh at his expense, often attended with some degree of sarcasm.

BAN'TER, noun A joking or jesting; raillery; wit or humor; pleasantry.