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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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  • With quips and jokes, apposite and sparkling, he "is wont to set the table in a roar."

    Western Worthies J. Stephen Jeans
  • But it is impossible to enter fully on the subject of Fuller's quips.

  • "The editor of 'quips' took it and paid on acceptance—let's have another," he added with deep significance.

    Ewing\'s Lady Harry Leon Wilson
  • No; there were no smiles on his lips, no quips and cranks on his tongue.

    The Son of Monte Christo Jules Lermina
  • Your inveterate propensity to quips of thought and paradox, as it is called, misleads you and spoils your talk.

    It Never Can Happen Again William De Morgan
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.

v.

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

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