from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A swift, witty reply.
- n. Conversation marked by the exchange of witty retorts. See Synonyms at wit1.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A swift, witty reply, especially the one that is amusing.
- n. A conversation marked by a series of witty retorts.
- v. To reply with a repartee
- v. To have a repartee (conversation marked by repartees)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A smart, ready, and witty reply.
- intransitive v. To make smart and witty replies.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A ready, pertinent, and witty reply.
- n. Such replies in general or collectively; the kind of wit involved in making sharp and ready retorts.
- n. Synonyms Repartee, Retort. A repartee is a witty and good-humored answer to a remark of similar character, and is meant to surpass the latter in wittiness. A retort is a keen, prompt answer. A repartee may be called a retort where the wit is keen. Retort, however, is quite as commonly used for a serious turning back of censure, derision, or the like, in a short and sharp expression.
- To make ready and witty replies.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. adroitness and cleverness in reply
French repartie, from feminine past participle of repartir, to retort, from Old French, to retort, to depart again : re-, re- + partir, to depart (from Latin partīre, to divide, from pars, part-, part; see perə-2 in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French repartie, deverbal of repartir ("to retort") (Wiktionary)