quip

[kwip]
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:
1525–35; back formation from quippy quip < Latin quippe indeed

quippish, adjective
quippishness, noun


1. joke, witticism. 2. gibe, sally, jape.
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quip (kwɪp)
 
n
1.  a sarcastic or cutting remark; gibe
2.  a witty or clever saying: a merry quip
3.  archaic another word for quibble
 
vb , quips, quipping, quipped
4.  (intr) to make a quip
 
[C16: from earlier quippy, probably from Latin quippe indeed, to be sure]

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quip
1532, variant of quippy, in same sense (1519), perhaps from L. quippe "indeed, forsooth" (used sarcastically), from quid "what," neut. of quis "who" (cf. quibble) + emphatic particle -pe. The verb is recorded from 1584.
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He quipped that he could get falling-down drunk without harm, being so close to the floor.
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