Definition of quip in English:
1A witty remark.
- I came up with excellent quips and remarks and wise cracks.
- The extra layer of respect teachers enjoy in many of my students' home cultures means I don't have to labour very hard to have my quips received as witty, which is a privilege I do my best not to abuse, most of the time.
- Heaps of other stuff happened with the other characters and there were witty quips but I left my notebook at home.
verb (quips, quipping, quipped)[no object] Back to top
Make a witty remark: [with direct speech]: “Flattery will get you nowhere,” she quipped
More example sentences
- At a personal level, I remember him once quipping to me in a lift: ‘How can I like music that is supposed to represent a lost paradise, when I don't believe in such things?’
- Even Oscar Wilde once quipped that he would have been more impressed if the falls ran upwards; at least no one has tried that yet.
- An election, someone once quipped, is the only race in which most people pick the winner.
mid 16th century: perhaps from Latin quippe 'indeed, forsooth'.
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