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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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  • I cannot suppose that Sir Galahad found any delight in the quips of fools.

    Gossamer George A. Birmingham
  • But it is impossible to enter fully on the subject of Fuller's quips.

  • No; there were no smiles on his lips, no quips and cranks on his tongue.

    The Son of Monte Christo Jules Lermina
  • And they were soon between bottle and stopper, and quips a-coursing.

    Richard Carvel, Complete Winston Churchill
  • quips and taunts upon Carr, on the same authority, are imputed to Ralegh.

    Sir Walter Ralegh William Stebbing
British Dictionary definitions for quips

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 quips

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.

quip

v.

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

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