Is reparteed a word?

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I know that repartee is a word, but would the past tense be reparteed?

Example: "Hey, what gives?" Joan reparteed.
 

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I know that repartee is a word, but would the past tense be reparteed?

Example: "Hey, what gives?" Joan reparteed.
I think that 'repartee' is the noun. I'd say: Joan retorted.
'Reparteed' looks very strange to me.
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I think that 'repartee' is the noun. I'd say: Joan retorted.
'Reparteed' looks very strange to me.
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Yes, repartee is a noun. You engage in repartee with someone.
 

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I know that repartee is a word, but would the past tense be reparteed?

Example: "Hey, what gives?" Joan reparteed.
"repartee" is not a verb, so it doesn't have a past tense. As the others have said, it's a noun.
 

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Example: "Hey, what gives?" Joan reparteed.

This could be used in creative writing, but it is, as the others have said, a noun normally (and in al the dictionaries I could find) and not a verb.
 

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:up: As has been said 'More or less any noun can be verbed'.

But I wouldn't call this a creative example; it feels to me like a rather creaky attempt at 'elegant variation'. Enid Blyton, a children's writer very popular in the '40s and '50s, was a notable offender. Characters in her books rarely just said anything - they 'carolled/chirped/chorussed/mused/queried....'

Besides, 'repartee' involves rapid and witty responses. Asking 'Hey, what gives?' isn't repartee (the noun); so it would be silly to use it verbally - however creative the writing - in this context.

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