quip

noun
\ ˈkwip How to pronounce quip (audio) \

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

quip

verb
quipped; quipping

Definition of quip (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to jest or gibe at

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Other Words from quip

Noun

quippy \ ˈkwi-​pē How to pronounce quippy (audio) \ adjective

Verb

quipper \ ˈkwi-​pər How to pronounce quipper (audio) \ noun

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Noun

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

Noun

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

Verb

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

In the original series, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Sabrina's pet cat and confidant is an animatronic puppet who's hilarious quips and memeable nature pretty much made the show. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything We Know About "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Season 2," 6 Dec. 2018 Since Twitter is irresistible to journalists who have the smart-aleck gene — probably the majority — a newsroom quip or instant observation is now writ large. David Bauder, The Seattle Times, "Some journalists wonder if their profession is tweet-crazy," 29 Jan. 2019 Pelosi's quip was a reference to the hamburger chain Five Guys and the five white men leading the immigration negotiations... 'That comment is offensive. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Nativist Trump makes noise while Globalist Trump makes progress," 12 Jan. 2018 Kelly kicked off the night with a quip about her aversion to public speaking. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Kelly Clarkson Calls Reba McEntire a 'Rad Grandma for My Kids' in Emotional Speech," 3 Dec. 2018 The quip earned laughs and applause from the audience, but the star reaction came from Teigen — who appeared to be trying to hide from the cameraman's view. Lynsey Eidell, Glamour, "This Chrissy Teigen Reaction Is Winning the 2018 Emmy Awards," 17 Sep. 2018 Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve shed a few tears, but Whalen kept the mood light with a steady stream of her trademark dry-witted quips. Dave Campbell, The Seattle Times, "Lynx star, Minnesota legend: Whalen to retire from WNBA," 13 Aug. 2018 In looking back on the influence Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake has established over this last half-century, that little quip of gobbledygook makes more sense now than ever before. Ron Hart, Billboard, "Small Faces' 'Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake' Turns 50: Phil Collen, Peter Frampton, Linda Thompson & More Pay Tribute," 24 May 2018 One of the promos for this weekend's Saturday Night Live features Davidson making a quip about his short-lived engagement to Grande. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Why Does Pete Davidson Keep Making Jokes About His Breakup With Ariana Grande?," 2 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

As one quips, not all money can come from the blue-chip Rockefeller Foundation. The Economist, "The impact of Masayoshi Son’s $100bn tech fund will be profound," 10 May 2018 Unlike golf, bowlers rarely lose a ball, the late PBA icon Don Carter once quipped. San Antonio Express-News, "High schoolers drawn to the bowling sciences," 25 Mar. 2018 Hoffman quipped to reporters the say before the landing. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "NASA's InSight Sticks Its Martian Landing," 26 Nov. 2018 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 When Trudeau complained about the national security argument, the US leader quipped that Canada had once burned down the White House. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Trump flips US foreign policy upside down," 7 June 2018 Funny Things to Write in a Business Card Bring good cheer to your colleagues and clients with these cute Christmas-y quips. Jill Gleeson, Country Living, "What to Write in a Christmas Card: Creative Messages for Everyone On Your List," 14 Sep. 2018 Hletko quipped Thursday, in reference to the Goose Island Beer Co., which has never been located on the island. Greg Trotter, chicagotribune.com, "Goose Island finally getting a brewery — no, not that one," 14 June 2018 The parents of two — daughters James, 3, and Ines, 17 months — constantly tease each other on social media, cropping the other out of pictures, posting unflattering paparazzi shots and quipping with sarcastic captions. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Blake Lively Continues Troll War on Ryan Reynolds With Hilarious Brag About Her Hair," 8 Apr. 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

Noun

1532, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1579, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for quip

Noun

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

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More Definitions for quip

quip

noun

English Language Learners Definition of quip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a clever remark

quip

verb

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

: to make (a clever remark)

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