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quip

[kwip] /kwɪp/
noun
1.
a clever or witty remark or comment.
2.
a sharp, sarcastic remark; a cutting jest.
3.
a quibble.
4.
an odd or fantastic action or thing.
verb (used without object), quipped, quipping.
5.
to utter quips.
Origin of quip
1525-1535
1525-35; back formation from quippy quip < Latin quippe indeed
Related forms
quippish, adjective
quippishness, noun
Synonyms
1. joke, witticism. 2. gibe, sally, jape.
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  • It was nothing—only the quip of a witty fellow, descendant of a Spanish freebooter.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • quip had followed quip until in their jests they transcended all bounds.

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
  • Is not the quip of the Curé worthy of any son of the Emerald Isle?

    The Counts of Gruyre Mrs. Reginald de Koven
  • The men may have smiled at Landy's quip but Maizie laughed aloud.

    David Lannarck, Midget George S. Harney
  • Receiving no answer to the quip, she drew a chair to the table and sat down.

    The Wall Between

    Sara Ware Bassett
British Dictionary definitions for quip

quip

/kwɪp/
noun
1.
a sarcastic or cutting remark; gibe
2.
a witty or clever saying: a merry quip
3.
(archaic) another word for quibble
verb quips, quipping, quipped
4.
(intransitive) to make a quip
Word Origin
C16: from earlier quippy, probably from Latin quippe indeed, to be sure
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Word Origin and History for quip
n.

1530s, variant of quippy in same sense (1510s), perhaps from Latin quippe "indeed, of course, as you see, naturally, obviously" (used sarcastically), from quid "what" (neuter of pronoun quis "who;" see who), and cf. quibble (n.)) + emphatic particle -pe.

v.

"make a quip," 1570s, from quip (n.). Related: Quipped; quipping.

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