Definition of quip in English:


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Pronunciation: /kwɪp


1A witty remark: Peter ate heartily with a quip about being a condemned man
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  • 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.
joke, witty remark, witticism, jest, pun, sally, pleasantry, epigram, aphorism;
(quips)repartee, banter;
Frenchbon mot
1.1 archaic A play on words: tricks of controversy and quips of law

verb (quips, quipping, quipped)

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Make a witty remark: [with direct speech]: ‘Flattery will get you nowhere,’ she quipped
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  • 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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  • Anderson is a quiet quipster, using his wit to ease the strain of criticism.

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