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.

Origin of quip

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

Synonyms for quip

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Examples from the Web for quips

Contemporary Examples of quips

Historical Examples of quips

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


    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.

  • 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



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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Word Origin and History for quips



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.



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

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