Definition of quip in English:


Syllabification: quip
Pronunciation: /kwip


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.
    joke, jest, pun, sally
    informal wisecrack



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  • Anderson is a quiet quipster, using his wit to ease the strain of criticism.


mid 16th century: perhaps from Latin quippe 'indeed, forsooth'.

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