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[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, quipping.
to utter quips.
Origin of quip
1525-35; back formation from quippy quip < Latin quippe indeed
Related forms
quippish, adjective
quippishness, noun
1. joke, witticism. 2. gibe, sally, jape. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for quip
  • In a timely flash, the perfect quip or barb forms in the mind and rolls onto the tongue.
  • Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence, which is a favorite quip of scientists.
  • But there's a nugget of real humor to be mined from his quip.
  • One may quip that the body has finally got its chance to take its revenge on the philosophers.
  • The price paid in faith in humanity isn't worth getting this one quip.
  • Still, she concedes that the quip could reasonably be considered the world's first recorded joke.
  • McLuhan preferred to make his rebuttals in the form of a quip.
  • Blithely sardonic, she is always ready with the clever quip.
  • Yet his statement's closing quip makes it clear that his choice of item was carefully attuned to its moment.
  • My modest contribution to the revolution was a quip.
British Dictionary definitions for quip


a sarcastic or cutting remark; gibe
a witty or clever saying: a merry quip
(archaic) another word for quibble
verb quips, quipping, quipped
(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 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.


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

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