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Definition of quip in English:


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;
French bon 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.


Pronunciation: /ˈkwɪpstə/
Example sentences
  • Anderson is a quiet quipster, using his wit to ease the strain of criticism.


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

Words that rhyme with quip

blip, chip, clip, dip, drip, equip, flip, grip, gyp, hip, kip, lip, nip, outstrip, pip, rip, scrip, ship, sip, skip, slip, snip, strip, tip, toodle-pip, trip, whip, yip, zip
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