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Banter vs. Fool — What's the Difference?

Banter vs. Fool — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Banter and Fool

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Banter

The playful and friendly exchange of teasing remarks
There was much good-natured banter
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Fool

A person who acts unwisely or imprudently; a silly person
I felt a bit of a fool
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Banter

Exchange remarks in a good-humoured teasing way
The men bantered with the waitresses
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Fool

A jester or clown, especially one retained in a royal or noble household.
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Banter

Good-humored, playful, or teasing conversation.
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Fool

A cold dessert made of pureed fruit mixed or served with cream or custard
Raspberry fool with cream
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Banter

To engage in banter
Bantered with her colleagues during a coffee break.
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Fool

Trick or deceive (someone); dupe
Don't be fooled into paying out any more of your hard-earned cash
She tried to fool herself that she had stopped loving him
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Banter

To speak to in a playful or teasing way
"She laughed and bantered him a little, remembering too late that she should have been dignified and reserved" (Kate Chopin).
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Fool

Act in a joking, frivolous, or teasing way
Some lads in the pool were fooling around
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Banter

Sharp, good-humoured, playful, typically spontaneous conversation.
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Fool

Foolish; silly
That damn fool waiter
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Banter

(intransitive) To engage in banter or playful conversation.
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Fool

One who is deficient in judgment, sense, or understanding.
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Banter

(intransitive) To play or do something amusing.
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Fool

One who acts unwisely on a given occasion
I was a fool to have quit my job.
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Banter

(transitive) To tease (someone) mildly.
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Fool

One who has been tricked or made to appear ridiculous; a dupe
They made a fool of me by pretending I had won.
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Banter

(transitive) To joke about; to ridicule (a trait, habit, etc.).
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Fool

(Informal) A person with a talent or enthusiasm for a certain activity
A dancing fool.
A fool for skiing.
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Banter

(transitive) To delude or trick; to play a prank upon.
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Fool

A member of a royal or noble household who provided entertainment, as with jokes or antics; a jester.
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Banter

To challenge to a match.
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Fool

One who subverts convention or orthodoxy or varies from social conformity in order to reveal spiritual or moral truth
A holy fool.
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Banter

To haggle; cheapen the price.
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Fool

A dessert made of stewed or puréed fruit mixed with cream or custard and served cold.
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Banter

To address playful good-natured ridicule to, - the person addressed, or something pertaining to him, being the subject of the jesting; to rally; as, he bantered me about my credulity.
Hag-ridden by my own fancy all night, and then bantered on my haggard looks the next day.
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Fool

(Archaic) A mentally deficient person; an idiot.
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Banter

To jest about; to ridicule in speaking of, as some trait, habit, characteristic, and the like.
If they banter your regularity, order, and love of study, banter in return their neglect of them.
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Fool

To deceive or trick; dupe
"trying to learn how to fool a trout with a little bit of floating fur and feather" (Charles Kuralt).
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Banter

To delude or trick, - esp. by way of jest.
We diverted ourselves with bantering several poor scholars with hopes of being at least his lordship's chaplain.
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Fool

To confound or prove wrong; surprise, especially pleasantly
We were sure they would fail, but they fooled us.
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Banter

To challenge or defy to a match.
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Fool

To speak or act facetiously or in jest; joke
I was just fooling when I said I had to leave.
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Banter

The act of bantering; joking or jesting; humorous or good-humored raillery; pleasantry.
Part banter, part affection.
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Fool

To behave comically; clown.
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Banter

Light teasing repartee
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Fool

To feign; pretend
He said he had a toothache but he was only fooling.
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Banter

Be silly or tease one another;
After we relaxed, we just kidded around
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Fool

To engage in idle or frivolous activity.
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Fool

To toy, tinker, or mess
Shouldn't fool with matches.
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Fool

Foolish; stupid
Off on some fool errand or other.
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Fool

(pejorative) A person with poor judgment or little intelligence.
You were a fool to cross that busy road without looking.
The village fool threw his own shoes down the well.
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Fool

(historical) A jester; a person whose role was to entertain a sovereign and the court (or lower personages).
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Fool

(informal) Someone who derives pleasure from something specified.
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Fool

Buddy, dude, man.
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Fool

(cooking) A type of dessert made of puréed fruit and custard or cream.
An apricot fool; a gooseberry fool
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Fool

A particular card in a tarot deck, representing a jester.
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Fool

To trick; to deceive.
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Fool

To act in an idiotic manner; to act foolishly.
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Fool

(archaic) To make a fool of; to make act the fool.
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Fool

(informal) Foolish.
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Fool

A compound of gooseberries scalded and crushed, with cream; - commonly called gooseberry fool.
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Fool

One destitute of reason, or of the common powers of understanding; an idiot; a natural.
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Fool

A person deficient in intellect; one who acts absurdly, or pursues a course contrary to the dictates of wisdom; one without judgment; a simpleton; a dolt.
Extol not riches, then, the toil of fools.
Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other.
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Fool

One who acts contrary to moral and religious wisdom; a wicked person.
The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.
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Fool

One who counterfeits folly; a professional jester or buffoon; a retainer formerly kept to make sport, dressed fantastically in motley, with ridiculous accouterments.
Can they think me . . . their fool or jester?
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Fool

To play the fool; to trifle; to toy; to spend time in idle sport or mirth.
Is this a time for fooling?
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Fool

To infatuate; to make foolish.
For, fooled with hope, men favor the deceit.
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Fool

To use as a fool; to deceive in a shameful or mortifying manner; to impose upon; to cheat by inspiring foolish confidence; as, to fool one out of his money.
You are fooled, discarded, and shook offBy him for whom these shames ye underwent.
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Fool

A person who lacks good judgment
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Fool

A person who is gullible and easy to take advantage of
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Fool

A professional clown employed to entertain a king or nobleman in the middle ages
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Fool

Make a fool or dupe of
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Fool

Spend frivolously and unwisely;
Fritter away one's inheritance
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Fool

Fool or hoax;
The immigrant was duped because he trusted everyone
You can't fool me!
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Fool

Indulge in horseplay;
Enough horsing around--let's get back to work!
The bored children were fooling about
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