\ 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

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 Kenda said the catharsis and sagacity extends to some of his viewers, who hang on his every clue, quip and breakthrough. John Wenzel, The Know, "Colorado Springs-based “Homicide Hunter” sets finale as Lt. Joe Kenda eyes next TV project," 25 Aug. 2019 Logan, after years of witty banter and quotable quips, has nothing but a brief aside to an approaching parking officer for his final words. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "The Veronica Mars Twist That Undoes a Strong Season," 23 July 2019 Power, Pleasure, and Profit By David Wootton Belknap/Harvard, 386 pages, $35 Newsletter Sign-up In modern society, to all appearances, Franklin’s apocryphal quip has trumped Kant’s moral system. Jeffrey Collins, WSJ, "‘Power, Pleasure, and Profit’ Review: Self-Mastery Versus Self-Interest," 5 Oct. 2018 Watching the opening credits sequence is as much an integral part of the show’s enjoyment as one of Chandler’s seemingly effortless quips. Ruth Kinane, EW.com, "Here's how the cast of Friends ended up in the fountain in the opening credits," 16 Sep. 2019 Michaels’s quip was inspired by the cross-country weight Brown was lugging from Oakland, where an abbreviated tenure with the Raiders was saddled with constant turmoil. BostonGlobe.com, "If the Steelers couldn’t find a way to make it work with Brown, that has to give the Patriots pause.," 11 Sep. 2019 According to Mortensen, Elliott's agent Rocky Arceneaux said neither he nor his client was amused by Jones's quip, which was made on Saturday after rookie Tony Pollard impressed during the Cowboys' preseason game against the Rams. Alaa Abdeldaiem, SI.com, "Ezekiel Elliott Found Jerry Jones's 'Zeke Who?' Comment Disrespectful," 19 Aug. 2019 Hilary Duff's fiancé made a quip about looking like the popular Nintendo character Mario Hilary Duff’s fiancé has had a lot to say about his new look these days. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Hilary Duff Packs on the PDA with Matthew Koma, Who Jokes About Looking Like a Cartoon Character," 21 July 2019 His quip on the swine flu epidemic led to a public uproar in China even as some on Wall Street said the reaction was overblown. Cathy Chan, Fortune, "UBS Loses a Deal in China After Economist's 'Pig' Comment," 17 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Writers quipped at times the infielders outnumbered customers two to one. Ben Pickman, SI.com, "Remembering the Short-Lived, Ill-Fated Senior Professional Baseball Association," 28 Aug. 2019 The second in line for the throne is no stranger to throwing quips at his younger brother in the press. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince William Responds to the Royal Baby's Arrival with Classic Dad Humor," 7 May 2019 Big Little Lies had a similar vibe at times: The women on that show dealt with incredibly heavy issues, but jokes and quips cut through the tension. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Netflix’s New Show Dead to Me Is Big Little Lies–Level Addicting," 3 May 2019 This more abrasive approach was on display during the first Democratic debate in 2007, when former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel, one of eight candidates on stage, quipped about the competence of those alongside him. Bo Erickson, Tim Perry, CBS News, "Democratic voters in Miami differ on whether candidates should attack each other in debate," 26 June 2019 Kiffin comically quipped that a reporter exposed FAU’s game plan for the opener upon asking about Bryant lining up as a receiver during a spring scrimmage. David Furones, sun-sentinel.com, "Five storylines going into FAU fall football camp," 31 July 2019 The system’s problems are so well-known that outgoing Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson quipped about them at a trade convention in February. Matthew Gault, The New Republic, "The U.S. Government Is Utterly Inept at Keeping Your Data Secure," 12 June 2019 Famed for his bravado, quips in Latin and blond mop of hair , Johnson easily defeated Conservative rival Jeremy Hunt, winning two-thirds of the votes of about 160,000 party members. Washington Post, "The Latest: New Zealand set to talk free trade with Johnson," 24 July 2019 Scandals, screw-ups, quips and, perhaps, more remarkable comebacks. Alan Murray, Fortune, "The Rise of the “Deep Fakes”: CEO Daily," 24 July 2019

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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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The first known use of quip was in 1532

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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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not being in agreement or harmony

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