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quip

[kwip]
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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.
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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

Synonyms

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1. joke, witticism. 2. gibe, sally, jape.
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Examples from the Web for quipped

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  • Mr. Potter was in great form and quite outdid the champagne in sparkle, and we quipped and quirked till a late hour.

    Diplomatic Days

    Edith O'Shaughnessy

  • If anything they were more cheerful, and quipped their mud-covered comrades on their appearance.

    How I Filmed the War

    Lieut. Geoffrey H. Malins

  • "Even a pigeon can admire a shapely shape," Hanlon quipped as he disconnected.

    Man of Many Minds

    E. Everett Evans


British Dictionary definitions for quipped

quip

noun
  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 quipped

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.

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quip

v.

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

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