\ 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

Attenborough chuckled amiably at her little quip, per the Times. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Looking Back at David Attenborough's Relationship with Queen Elizabeth and the Rest of the Royal Family," 4 Apr. 2019 Australian driver Will Power long ago discredited any quips about his name by winning the IndyCar series title in 2014 and being one of the sport's best racers on curvy road courses. James F. Peltz, latimes.com, "Will Power lives up to his name to finally win the Indy 500," 28 May 2018 Below, a quick-and-dirty timeline of her funny quips, in chronological order. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Chrissy Teigen Has a Very Long, Hilarious History of Trolling John Legend," 17 July 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

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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