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repartee (ˌrɛpɑːˈtiː Pronunciation for repartee



  1. a sharp, witty, or aphoristic remark made as a reply
  2. terse rapid conversation consisting of such remarks
  3. skill in making sharp witty replies or conversation

Word Origin

C17: from French repartie, from repartir to retort, from re- + partir to go away

Example Sentences Including 'repartee'

But tonight, Sabharwal would rather be the simple Net-Wit -- an easy-going romantic dude who specialises in witty repartee.
India Today (1998)
He liked being kept on his toes, and Sarah, poor cow, was not the world's most scintillating mistress of repartee.
Murray, Stephen Death and Transfiguration
Luister composed koans and irreverent poems in Moksha out of duty only, because he was challenged to keep up a certain level of repartee.
Zindell, David The Broken God
My dear fellow,' Disraeli said, `I cannot really -- the power of repartee has deserted me.
Christopher Hibbert DISRAELI: A Personal History (2004)
There are surtitles, of course, but in the quick, conversational repartee of the Prologue, the machine has trouble keeping up.
Times, Sunday Times (2004)
Whatever his ability at repartee , his presentation of his paper was deadly.
Lyall, Francis A Death in Time
With sparkling repartee , I replied: `If I had a dollar, I'd retire.
Misc (1999)
Ya suck ' - and other such examples of what, if translated into English, might be witty repartee.
The Advertiser, Sunday Mail (2004)


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