1 of 2


: a clever usually taunting remark : gibe
: a witty or funny observation or response usually made on the spur of the moment
: something strange, droll, curious, or eccentric : oddity
quippy adjective


2 of 2


quipped; quipping

transitive verb

: to jest or gibe at
quipper noun

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Quip is a shortening of quippy, a noun that is no longer in use. Etymologists believe that quippy came from Latin quippe, a word meaning "indeed" or "to be sure" that was often used ironically.

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”
Recent Examples on the Web
Brady, who played with Hernandez for three seasons, made a quip in reference to the Lloyd killing. Christopher Brito, CBS News, 7 May 2024 Chappelle, who was not hurt, later made quips about Lee and the incident and how the events played out. Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2024 The points made by its interviewees are illustrated in video memes, clips, 140-character quips, and punctuated by gifs of Kombucha Girl or Supa Hot Fire. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019 The Shark Tank investor has referenced her cosmetic procedures with humor before, and in a TikTok post shared on April 9, the 75-year-old made another candid quip about her past nips and tucks. Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 9 Apr. 2024 What followed was a nostalgic journey through some of Carey’s biggest hits, each in chronological order of when they were released, and many accompanied by a story or quip about how the song came to be. Tim Chan, Billboard, 15 Apr. 2024 The debate stage is an arena of quips, slogans and attacks ― with varying degrees of truth. Kayla Dwyer, The Indianapolis Star, 28 Mar. 2024 Proximity to power gave Mr. Greenfield a stock of quips and anecdotes. Alex Traub, New York Times, 20 Mar. 2024 Franklyn, 31, is known for her quick quips, not-so-kosher dating advice and, of course, her podcasting. Julia MacCary, Peoplemag, 19 Mar. 2024
Trump quipped to Hannity as the crowd in Iowa applauded. Franco Ordoñez, NPR, 11 May 2024 The pair would often quip about what a movie on this Pop-Tart race would look like. Gregory Wakeman, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 May 2024 The supporting cast tend to go big, and their swings pay off in memorable figures like Esther (Jenn Lyons), a vengeful witch with the breathy voice, bitchy quips and wine-drunk sway of a reality show villainess, and the Cat King (Lukas Gage), a purring shapeshifter whose new favorite toy is Edwin. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Apr. 2024 Joel quipped as Sting strolled on to the enormous stage, which stretched across much of Petco Park’s right and center fields. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Apr. 2024 Tributes came in from Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, John McEnroe, Kelly Slater, and Bon Jovi, who quipped that only a true rock star flies his plane to his concerts. Kevin Jeffrey, SPIN, 12 Apr. 2024 One person quipped that New York City is the worst place to experience an earthquake because New Yorkers take nothing seriously. Kalhan Rosenblatt, NBC News, 5 Apr. 2024 Mendelson quipped, suggesting the council might send the budget to Congress without Lee’s support — raising the temperature on what is expected to continue to be a major disagreement as the council continues to review the budget. Michael Brice-Saddler, Washington Post, 3 Apr. 2024 The Register quips that 2024 might actually be the fabled year of Linux on the desktop after all, in China at least. David Meyer, Fortune, 25 Mar. 2024

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Word History



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

First Known Use


1532, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1579, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of quip was in 1532


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Cite this Entry

“Quip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quip. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: a clever remark
: a witty or funny saying


2 of 2 verb
quipped; quipping
: to make quips

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