from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Good-humored, playful conversation.
  • transitive v. To speak to in a playful or teasing way.
  • intransitive v. To exchange mildly teasing remarks.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Good humoured, playful, typically spontaneous conversation.
  • v. To engage in banter or playful conversation.
  • v. To play or do something amusing.
  • v. To tease mildly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of bantering; joking or jesting; humorous or good-humored raillery; pleasantry.
  • transitive v. To address playful good-natured ridicule to, -- the person addressed, or something pertaining to him, being the subject of the jesting; to rally.
  • transitive v. To jest about; to ridicule in speaking of, as some trait, habit, characteristic, and the like.
  • transitive v. To delude or trick, -- esp. by way of jest.
  • transitive v. To challenge or defy to a match.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To address good-humored raillery to; attack with jokes or jests; make fun of; rally.
  • To impose upon or cheat, originally in a jesting or bantering way; bamboozle.
  • To challenge; invite to a contest.
  • n. A joking or jesting; good-humored ridicule or raillery; wit or humor; pleasantry.
  • n. A challenge to a match or contest; the match or contest itself.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. be silly or tease one another
  • n. light teasing repartee


Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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