\ˈkwip \

Definition of quip 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a clever usually taunting remark : gibe

b : a witty or funny observation or response usually made on the spur of the moment

3 : something strange, droll, curious, or eccentric : oddity


quipped; quipping

Definition of quip (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to jest or gibe at

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Other Words from quip


quippy \ˈkwi-pē \ adjective


quipper \ˈkwi-pər \ noun

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Quip is an abbreviation of "quippy," a noun that is no longer in use. Etymologists believe that "quippy" derived from the Latin quippe, a word meaning "indeed" or "to be sure" that was often used ironically. The earliest sense of "quip," referring to a cutting or sarcastic remark, was common for approximately a century after it first appeared in print in 1532. It then fell out of use until the beginning of the 19th century, when it underwent a revival that continues to the present day.

Examples of quip in a Sentence


They traded quips over a beer. has his share of the quips that seem to come with a title of nobility


she rolled her eyes at her brother's bragging and quipped, “You're a legend in your own mind, all right”
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

USA TODAY Sports New Texas A&M football coach Jimbo Fisher continues to separate himself from predecessor Kevin Sumlin, and the former Florida State coach's latest quip highlights just how different his style is. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher wasn't a fan of Kevin Sumlin's office: 'Like a damn nightclub'," 26 June 2018 On Silicon Valley Zach Woods plays a gentle, vest-wearing startup barnacle named Jared, whose dark past emerges in improvised quips. Lauren Larson, GQ, "Zach Woods in the Woods," 31 May 2018 And a picture of Markle on Deal or No Deal gets this kind of quip from the world’s most famous kid in shorts. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "This Instagram Series Uses Savage Prince George Memes to Troll Meghan Markle," 18 May 2018 Monday's news that Lindsey Buckingham reportedly has been fired shook the rock community, earning eulogies and angry quips on Twitter. Travis M. Andrews, chicagotribune.com, "Lindsey Buckingham, formerly of Fleetwood Mac: Rock's biggest jerk or misunderstood genius?," 11 Apr. 2018 Between Prince William and Prince Harry, the former is usually better known for his cheesy quips and dad jokes. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Made a Savage Joke About His Dad and We All Missed It," 11 July 2018 But Fallon has never been a hard hitter with his jokes: even as a co-host on Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update in the early 2000s, his quips were more playful than biting. Meagan Fredette, refinery29.com, "Jimmy Fallon Cries Out His Regrets About The Infamous Trump Interview," 24 June 2018 Roberts’ quip elicited laughter, but in San Diego, baseball fans have found more cruelty than humor in the latest postseason matchup. Dennis Lin, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Roberts, Hinch among San Diego connections in World Series," 23 Oct. 2017 Only an occasional quip or smile signals light beneath the dour surface. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "It’s Hard to Watch Sharp Objects, and Even Harder to Look Away," 28 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Murray quipped about how Clooney was receiving the award at such a young age. Pablo Arauz Pena, Cincinnati.com, "AFI highlights George Clooney's life of acting, activism and pranks," 19 June 2018 Murray quipped about how Clooney was receiving the award at such a young age. Pablo Arauz Pena, chicagotribune.com, "AFI highlights George Clooney's life of acting, activism and pranks," 18 June 2018 The sequel wildly ups the ante for meta, self-referential humor, with Deadpool tossing out playful (and often expletive-filled) quips about fellow Marvel superheroes including Wolverine, Black Widow and Black Panther. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "'Deadpool 2': Ryan Reynolds on wooing Celine Dion, poking fun at 'Frozen'," 16 May 2018 Parental panic attack: From quips about his awed commentary filming his kids' soccer game to being irritated by their unruly friends on a bad play date, Sandler displayed the love and annoyance that come with parenting. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Adam Sandler filmed his Milwaukee concert for his Netflix special. Here's what to expect.," 19 Apr. 2018 Meyers quipped as a photo of special counsel Robert Mueller appeared on-screen. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "Seth Meyers Implores Justice Anthony Kennedy to Stick Around Until There's a New President," 28 June 2018 Maeve quipped after Akane poked an emissary in the eye, one of a few of this episode’s examples of hyper-stylized violence. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Westworld: A Cut Above," 20 May 2018 Insiders quip that the company, with more than 14,000 employees worldwide, is so focused that no matter what the problem, the solution is always a fan. Bloomberg.com, "Germany Has Thrived With Engineering. But the Future Is Digital," 12 June 2018 Glover quips, hinting at the state of the iconic smuggling vessel in Han’s hands. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "Let Donald Glover Be Your Tour Guide Through Lando's Millennium Falcon," 2 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'quip.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of quip


1532, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1579, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for quip


earlier quippy, perhaps from Latin quippe indeed, to be sure (often ironic), from quid what — more at quiddity

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English Language Learners Definition of quip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a clever remark



English Language Learners Definition of quip (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make (a clever remark)

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