Definitions

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

  • n. Good-natured teasing or ridicule; banter.
  • n. An instance of bantering or teasing.

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  • n. good-natured ridicule, jest or banter

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Pleasantry or slight satire; banter; jesting language; satirical merriment.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Good-humored pleasantry or ridicule; satirical merriment; jesting language; banter.
  • n. A jest.

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

  • n. light teasing repartee

Etymologies

French raillerie, from Old French railler, to tease; see rail3.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • They took their revenge in raillery, which was not always good-natured.

    Queechy

  • I wish I could once clearly understand the state of your mind about Mr Vincent, and then I should be able to judge how far I might indulge myself in raillery without being absolutely impertinent.

    Belinda

  • He assumed a tone of raillery, which is, perhaps, the readiest mode of escaping from the feelings of self-reproof.

    Woodstock

  • He excelled in that specious, though apparently heedless raillery, which is so apt to slip without suspicion into a lady's ear; and he could ply his suit, under this disguise, with such seeming artlessness and unconcern, that a lodgement in the citadel was sometimes effected ere the garrison was aware of the intrusion.

    Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)

  • Having, in this manner, diverted herself with my confusion, till her raillery was almost exhausted, she congratulated me very seriously upon the partiality of Lord Orville, and painted to me, in the strongest terms, his disinterested desire of being married to me immediately.

    Evelina: or, The History of a Young Lady's Entrance Into the World

  • In short, that agreeable turn, that gaiety, which yet maintains the delicacy of its character, without falling into dulness or into buffoonery; that elegant raillery, which is the flower of fine wit, is the qualification which comedy requires.

    The Works of Samuel Johnson, Volume 05 Miscellaneous Pieces

  • Then came the sly intimation, the oblique remark, all that sugar-lipped raillery which is fitted for the situation of a man about to do a foolish thing, whether it be to publish or to marry, and that accompanied with the discreet nods and winks of such friends as are in the secret, and the obliging eagerness of others to know all about it.

    The Surgeon's Daughter

  • Making due allowance for that good-natured raillery which is one of the spices of existence, it may be truthfully said that anyone who laughs in earnest at the West calls attention merely to his own shallow conceit.

    The Land We Live In The Story of Our Country

  • It would appear that he was chiefly resorted to for comic underplots, in which he brought in a good deal of horseplay, and a power of reporting the low-life humours of the London of his day more accurate than refined, together with not a little stock-stage wit, such as raillery of Welsh and Irish dialect.

    A History of Elizabethan Literature

  • It was a cheap kind of raillery, to be sure, but it served.

    Complete March Family Trilogy

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  • Raillery- Good-humoured banter or teasing
    Raillery in Restoration Satire by John Hayman

    September 6, 2010