raillery (n.) "good-humored ridicule," 1650s, from RAIL (Cf. rail) (v.) + -ERY (Cf. -ery), or perhaps from Fr. raillerie, from M.Fr. railler "to tease."

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  • Raillery — Rail ler*y (r[a^]l l[ e]r*[y^] or r[=a]l ; 277), n. [F. raillerie, fr. railler. See {Rail} to scoff.] Pleasantry or slight satire; banter; jesting language; satirical merriment. [1913 Webster] Let raillery be without malice or heat. B. Jonson.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • raillery — index ridicule Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • raillery — *badinage, persiflage Analogous words: bantering or banter, chaffing or chaff (see BANTER): sport, *fun, game, jest, play: satire, sarcasm, irony (see WIT) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • raillery — ► NOUN ▪ good humoured teasing. ORIGIN from French railler (see RAIL(Cf. ↑rail)) …   English terms dictionary

  • raillery — [rā′lər ē] n. pl. railleries [Fr raillerie: see RAIL2 & ERY] 1. light, good natured ridicule or satire; banter 2. a teasing act or remark …   English World dictionary

  • raillery — noun good natured ridicule, jest or banter Excitement instantly seized the whole party: a running fire of raillery and jests was proceeding when Sam returned …   Wiktionary

  • raillery — rail|le|ry [ˈreıləri] n [U] [Date: 1600 1700; : French; Origin: raillerie, from railler; RAIL2] formal friendly joking about someone ▪ affectionate raillery …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • raillery — noun (U) formal friendly joking about someone: affectionate raillery …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • raillery — noun affectionate raillery Syn: teasing, mockery, chaff, ragging; banter, badinage; informal leg pulling, joshing, ribbing, kidding …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • raillery — noun (plural leries) Etymology: French raillerie, from Middle French, from railler to mock Date: 1653 1. good natured ridicule ; banter 2. jest …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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