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He raised his eyes to hers; and nodded with an air of banter that was charming.

It was very gravely said, but she took it for banter, and giggled excessively.

Try not to mind the banter of your relations and friends at any possible failure.

Mrs. Garth's banter was not calculated to outlast this kind of assault.

For a while I hung back and took no share in the banter that was toward.

There was still a suggestion of banter in his words, but the old man was too serious to notice it.

Ward now and then asked Goodman why he did not join in the banter.

There was the slightest flavour of banter in the tone of Ricardo's governor.

So she talked to him as in duty bound, and he seemed inclined to banter her.

The man spoke seriously, not in a spirit of banter, and Rodney wondered.

WORD ORIGIN

1670s, origin uncertain; said by Swift to be a word from London street slang. Related: Bantered; bantering. The noun is from 1680s.

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