\ 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


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 How to pronounce quippy (audio) \ adjective


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

The sprawling ranch-style home at 6151 Richmond Street in Miami was as essential to The Golden Girls as Blanche’s love interests and Dorothy’s sarcastic quips. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "WATCH: Here’s the Deal with Blanche’s House from The Golden Girls," 28 June 2019 Its troubles stem from a quip about the inflationary impact of the porcine pandemic, which has pushed up consumer prices. The Economist, "UBS faces a China backlash because of a quip about pigs," 21 June 2019 The excitement of poker has generated a full deck of clever quips. Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "In Giraffic Park we celebrate the highest form of life," 15 June 2019 But the characters' outfits, styling and quips are still similar. Shannon Liao, CNN, "Marvel's Avengers are finally Hulk-smashing into video games," 11 June 2019 While Sunny, Meghan, and Abby chuckled a little bit at the quip, Whoopi full-on lost it. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Star Whoopi Goldberg Lost It After Joy Behar's Comment on Monday's Show," 20 Nov. 2018 All splendid indeed for a Bond set which has seen its set of real-life troubles, until the heir to Britain's throne continued his walkabout and couldn't help but make an offhand quip. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "James Bond: Recapping all the drama erupting around Daniel Craig's new 007 movie," 25 June 2019 His dry sense of humor was one of his most endearing traits and his quips are often quoted by friends and family. orlandosentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 6/25," 25 June 2019 The quip only acknowledged that Vermont was in a chronic slump that started around the 1850s. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "A Closer Look at Rockwell’s Four Freedoms," 22 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And in for Tyrus, ready to quip and shoot from the hip, writer and comedian, Kris Fried. Fox News, "Trump gets first-hand look at border wall prototypes," 17 Mar. 2018 Link quipped on Tuesday, taking a breather after last week’s Thunderdome-style action in Springfield, which also produced sea-change legislation on legal recreational marijuana and $45 billion in funding to rebuild crumbling infrastructure. Dan Moran, Lake County News-Sun, "Moran: After bringing a gambling package home, Link says Waukegan casino could break ground next year," 4 June 2019 Funny enough, Schumer had been jokingly comparing herself and Meghan Markle throughout their coinciding pregnancies, quipping in the first picture of Gene that her and husband Chris Fischer’s own royal baby had been born. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Amy Schumer’s Post-Pregnancy Realness Is a Necessary Gift," 13 May 2019 That’s not going to happen, Mendes quipped in the video posted below. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Shawn Mendes Completes Weeklong Residency on 'Late Late Show' With 'Perfectly Wrong' Performance: Watch," 8 June 2018 Premier Li Keqiang once quipped that despite its billions of pens produced each year, China still cannot make the ball in a ballpoint pen. Ling Chen, Washington Post, "How this trade war could backfire — in China’s favor," 25 June 2018 The move attracted the notice of the press and the ire of incumbent Senator Ted Cruz, who quipped that O’Rourke would be a better candidate in Massachusetts. Annie Linskey, BostonGlobe.com, "Could there really be five Mass. politicians running against Trump in 2020?," 6 Apr. 2018 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

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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