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quip

noun \ ˈkwip \
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

Definition of quip

1 a : 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

quippy

play \ˈkwi-pē\ adjective

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Examples of quip in a Sentence

  1. They traded quips over a beer.

  2. has his share of the quips that seem to come with a title of nobility

Recent Examples of quip from the Web

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Did You Know?

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.

Origin and Etymology of quip

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


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quip

verb

Definition of quip

quipped; quipping
intransitive verb
: to make quips : gibe
transitive verb
: to jest or gibe at

quipper

play \ˈkwi-pər\ noun

Examples of quip in a Sentence

  1. she rolled her eyes at her brother's bragging and quipped, “You're a legend in your own mind, all right”

Recent Examples of quip from the Web

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First Known Use of quip

1579

quip Synonyms


QUIP Defined for English Language Learners

quip

noun

Definition of quip for English Language Learners

  • : a clever remark


quip

verb

Definition of quip for English Language Learners

  • : to make (a clever remark)



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