Definitions of repartee

  1. To make smart and witty replies.
  2. A quick, bright reply; quick, clever replies in general; quick cleverness in making replies.
  3. A smart reply.
  4. A witty or apt reply; sharp rejoinder.
  5. To make repartees.
  6. A smart, ready, and witty reply; a retort.

Usage examples for repartee

  1. He had more than even Cyril Aylwin's quickness of repartee, and it was of an incomparably rarer quality. – Aylwin by Theodore Watts-Dunton
  2. Indians, nowadays, are rather inclined to back out when it comes to solid argument, but they are often clever in rapid repartee and in scoring a point quickly. – India and the Indians by Edward F. Elwin
  3. He was not strong in guessing them; but then Will Harewood made such undaunted and extraordinary shots at everything proposed, that the spirit of repartee was fairly awakened, and Cherry's bright delicate wit began to play, so that no one knew how to believe in the lateness of the hour, and still less that this was the same house that grave Wilmet had left that morning. – The Pillars of the House, V1 by Charlotte M. Yonge
  4. Thee manners be so fine, said Jan; and the repartee drew a roar of laughter, in which the bandy- legged boy joined. – Jan of the Windmill by Juliana Horatia Ewing
  5. By- the- bye, you make a good repartee. – The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli
  6. Five thousand people made a circle around the competitors while the rivals contended in song and verse, riddle and repartee. – Armenian Legends and Festivals by Louis A. Boettiger
  7. He was a good fighter, was Sir Redmond, but he was clumsy at repartee- or, perhaps, he was too much in earnest to fence gracefully. – Her Prairie Knight by B.M. Sinclair, AKA B. M. Bower
  8. Let us remember him as, at the age of eighty- four, he pays a famous visit to Paris,- a sprightly old man with wrinkled face, and with sharp old eyes peering out from either side of the long nose, beaming with pride at the flattery of his admirers, sparkling with pleasure as he makes a witty repartee. – A Political and Social History of Modern Europe V.1. by Carlton J. H. Hayes
  9. A practical 'tu quoque' is astonishingly laughable, and backed by a high figure and manner it had the flavour of triumphant repartee. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  10. I answered, striving against the laughter, which at his repartee flashed through the room, bringing the blood rushing to my face. – The Red Cockade by Stanley J. Weyman
  11. He told a good story and was quick at repartee, and after a while the music, by tacit consent, was abandoned for the sake of hearing him talk. – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  12. In two minutes she had turned her face, beaming with pleasure, so that Mr. Vandeford could see that all was well with her; and ten minutes later she giggled out loud at the repartee of two black- faced artists. – Blue-grass and Broadway by Maria Thompson Daviess
  13. It seems someone had said that I was never at a loss when a repartee was needed, and it was proposed to give me an opportunity. – Memories and Anecdotes by Kate Sanborn
  14. At any time the appearance of a lad named Nat Banbury or any of his cohorts was a signal for repartee, challenges, sometimes a sortie. – The Boys of Bellwood School by Frank V. Webster
  15. But the subtlety of the repartee did not wipe off the infamy of the action. – Plutarch-Lives-of-the-noble-Grecians-and-Romans by Clough, Arthur Hugh
  16. But Louise was too shy to respond to this repartee, and she dropped her eyes in confusion. – Patty's Success by Carolyn Wells
  17. Ready witted, she was quick at repartee; and possessing a keen sense of humour, she saw enjoyment in that which to many would be commonplace. – Weapons of Mystery by Joseph Hocking
  18. His quick wit could have suggested a deserved repartee; but even in his misery Blake would say no wounding word to a lady of the regiment. – Marion's Faith. by Charles King