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  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.
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verb (used without object), quipped, quip·ping.
  1. to utter quips.
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Origin of quip

1525–35; back formation from quippy quip < Latin quippe indeed
Related formsquip·pish, adjectivequip·pish·ness, noun


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Related Words

pun, gibe, satire, banter, retort, repartee, witticism, gag, wisecrack, pleasantry, badinage, drollery, mockery, joke, jeer, insult, jest, crack, offense, spoof

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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


  1. a sarcastic or cutting remark; gibe
  2. a witty or clever sayinga merry quip
  3. archaic another word for quibble
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verb quips, quipping or quipped
  1. (intr) to make a quip
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Word Origin

C16: from earlier quippy, probably from Latin quippe indeed, to be sure
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Word Origin and History for quip


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.

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

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