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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
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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Examples from the web for quips
  • For one thing, he rarely cracks jokes in his taped lectures, because such quips seem strange in the vacuum of the studio.
  • The edition is generously sprinkled with the writer's quips, essays, and correspondence offering spiritual insight.
  • Complexity does not make fodder for honest quips and barbs.
  • If he had any parting quips, they were not written down.
  • Whatever jokes or quips popped into his head were stuck there.
  • The story is peppered with intellectual quips, poignant honesty, and not too mellow sympathy.
  • The colleges' wine cellars are better than the kitchens, quips one don.
  • The difference being you are so prone to launch unnecessary attacks or mordant quips unprovoked.
  • He's kept his cool, stayed on message, thrown off a few quips and not blurted out any damning admissions.
  • Hardbound, coffee-table ready albums of personal photos printed on quality paper and neatly adorned with captions and quips.
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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