\ 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

Skip the quips here, and write a simple note wishing the couple a lifetime of happiness and thanking them for the invitation. Katie Bowlby, Country Living, "What to Write in a Wedding Card," 28 May 2019 Booker dished out several quips as Wednesday night aimed at the former vice president, and viewers on Twitter reacted with amusement at many of his jabs. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, "A Kool-Aid clapback: Cory Booker gets spicy at the second night of the Democratic debate," 31 July 2019 Your nearest and dearest will raise their gobble-lets to any of these festive quips related to eating, pilgrims, and the true star of the show—turkey. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "25 Thanksgiving Jokes You Need to Feast Your Eyes on This Turkey Day," 29 July 2019 The 6-foot-4, 250-pound defensive tackle from Little Rock, Ark., had a quip for every situation, helping his teammates stay loose during good times and bad. Will Larkin, chicagotribune.com, "Ranking the 100 best Bears players ever: No. 46, Fred Williams," 22 July 2019 Is Veronica hiding her deep, unexplored trauma behind quips and pop culture references or is the show hiding its inability to handle that complexity behind the same glibness? Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Veronica Mars' Season 4: TV Review," 15 July 2019 As the near-invincible DSS agent, Johnson has been thrown through glass windows, survived fiery car crashes, and gone toe-to-toe with psychopathic assassins, always pulling through to pummel another henchman and deliver some more quips. Devan Coggan, EW.com, "Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, and Idris Elba gear up for Fast & Furious spin-off Hobbs & Shaw," 27 June 2019 Megan Rapinoe, one of the goal scorers who was called out for celebrating after scoring the ninth goal for the U.S., was quick to quip back in a post-game interview. Thom Craver, CBS News, "U.S. breaks records in opening Women's World Cup game, dominates Thailand 13-0," 12 June 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Johnson quipped Tuesday at Big 12 media days before strolling over to his table, where a handful of reporters waited. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Sam is the Man, but Ehlinger can’t do it all for Texas," 16 July 2019 Lipa quipped in the accompanying Instagram caption. Vogue, "Dua Lipa Just Pulled Off the Internet’s Most Memed Gown," 23 Apr. 2019 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

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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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