What does Bants

meaning of banter in English

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Many cold openings in sitcoms do not set up the plot but usually involve physical comedy or bantering.
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The cobbler brushes them off with bantering complaints about his lot as a shoemaker, poet, and widower.
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The language, rich in puns and allusions, is delivered in a rapid, bantering style.
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He developed a reputation as a calm and skilled negotiator, and generally tried to remain above the partisan bantering that frequently dominates legislative sittings.
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Mathis has bantered directly at audience members, resulting in laughter.
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There has been too much banter and not enough substance to the debate on the problem.
I also gather that beneath that banter there was serious concern on his part, and that he expected from me a serious reply.
I treat his criticisms no more seriously than the banter of anyone who uses banter instead of argument.
We engaged in some political knockabout on the premise that if one is short of arguments, one should engage in some political banter.