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Synonyms for bantering

cleverly amusing in tone

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My uncle," replied Mordaunt, with his harsh and bantering tone, "you are mistaken; you will not have me turned out this time as you did in London -- you dare not.
On the contrary, things seem satisfactory, ma cousine," said Pierre in the bantering tone he habitually adopted toward her, always feeling uncomfortable in the role of her benefactor.
Rouletabille, after examining it minutely, returned it to Larsan, with a bantering expression on his face, saying:
His glittering eyes rested for a moment in bantering triumph on Mary.
But at the first word the young woman started, and exclaimed in a sharp, bantering tone.
In fact, the doltish Nez Perce, who had seemed so perfectly insensible to rough treatment of every kind, by which the travellers had endeavored to elbow him out of their society, could not withstand the good-humored bantering, and occasionally sharp wit of She-wee-she.