quip

noun
\ 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

quip

verb
quipped; quipping

Definition of quip (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to jest or gibe at

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Other Words from quip

Noun

quippy \ ˈkwi-​pē How to pronounce quippy (audio) \ adjective

Verb

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

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Noun

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 Trump made a similar quip last month about Dingell, who died in February, at a rally in Dingell's home state of Michigan. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "Echoing controversial comment about John Dingell, Trump implies LBJ may be in hell," 18 June 2019 In response to the quip, anchor Bret Baier equated Democrats accepting Biden despite the verbal slip-ups to about how Republicans feel toward Trump. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Fox's Howard Kurtz: 'Unfortunate' that colleagues said Joe Biden 'senile or getting there'," 9 Mar. 2020 And the second Victoria and Peter uttered those regrettable quips, Twitter was all over it. Martha Sorren, refinery29.com, "Oh Look, Another Regrettable Quip About Age On The Bachelor," 3 Feb. 2020 The Prince has been loaded with charming quips lately. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince William Jokes About Earning "Street Cred" with Prince George," 21 June 2018 Viewers laughed with the choir’s self-deprecating quips, not at LGBTQ people. Judy Berman, Time, "What the Awkward, Endless Oscars Could Learn From Last Weekend's Other Star-Studded Awards Show," 10 Feb. 2020 Rosenstein’s quip brought the prosecutorial team up short. James Bandler, ProPublica, "Walmart Was Almost Charged Criminally Over Opioids. Trump Appointees Killed the Indictment.," 25 Mar. 2020 Teigen suffered no fools, however, responding to the comment with a quip of her own. Cady Lang, Time, "Chrissy Teigen Calls Out Internet Troll Who Accused Her of Editing a Swimsuit Photo," 2 Jan. 2020 Ivey typically responded with a quip that perhaps age brings wisdom. Kim Chandler, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey says she is being treated for cancer," 19 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Spotify reported a 69 percent increase in podcast uploads during March; last month, the comedian Hanna Dickinson quipped on Twitter about Amazon being sold out of the requisite mics. New York Times, "Art, Music and More to Experience at Home This Weekend," 7 May 2020 During the White House coronavirus briefing on Friday, Trump quipped that Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, should move back to New York to run against the first-term liberal star. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "Trump jokes Fauci should run against AOC: 'You will win easily'," 10 Apr. 2020 Bloomberg quipped during a discussion on economic policy. John Verhovek And, ABC News, "Here are the 5 takeaways from the fiery Las Vegas debate," 19 Feb. 2020 Morgan quipped during his exit announcement, reported by Reuters. Diane J. Cho, PEOPLE.com, "America's Got Talent's Long History of Judges & Hosts," 6 Dec. 2019 Chappelle quipped during his 2004 stand-up special. Elahe Izadi, Washington Post, "The 20 defining comedy sketches of the past 20 years," 23 Oct. 2019 This is another half-thunk thought from my book of just-for-fun cartoons and quips, Half-thunk Thoughts and Half-fast Drawings. J.d. Crowe | Jdcrowe@al.com, al, "Half-thunk coronavirus thought: Be the change you seek between the cushions," 5 May 2020 Shanahan is eager to tell us, with funny and insightful little stories and quips, how great his guys are. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "49ers’ Kyle Shanahan: From arrogant youngster to mature adult," 15 Jan. 2020 Public figures from Prince William to controversial celebrity YouTuber PewDiePie have faced online criticism for their coronavirus quips. Emma Grey Ellis, Wired, "Is It OK to Make Coronavirus Memes and Jokes?," 5 Mar. 2020

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

Noun

1532, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1579, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for quip

Noun

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

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“Quip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quip. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for quip

quip

noun
How to pronounce quip (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of quip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a clever remark

quip

verb

English Language Learners Definition of quip (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make (a clever remark)

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