[ kwip ]
/ kwɪp /


a clever or witty remark or comment.
a sharp, sarcastic remark; a cutting jest.
a quibble.
an odd or fantastic action or thing.

verb (used without object), quipped, quip·ping.

to utter quips.

Nearby words

  1. quintuplex,
  2. quintuplicate,
  3. quinua,
  4. quinzane,
  5. quinze,
  6. quipster,
  7. quipu,
  8. quipus,
  9. quire,
  10. quirinal

Origin of quip

1525–35; back formation from quippy quip < Latin quippe indeed

Related formsquip·pish, adjectivequip·pish·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for quip


/ (kwɪp) /


a sarcastic or cutting remark; gibe
a witty or clever sayinga merry quip
archaic another word for quibble

verb quips, quipping or quipped

(intr) to make a quip

Word Origin for quip

C16: from earlier quippy, probably from Latin quippe indeed, to be sure

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