- The definition of a quip is a witty or funny comment or remark.
An example of a quip is the remark by Woody Allen: "In California, they don't throw their garbage away - they make it into TV shows."
- To quip is to make a witty remark.
When Fred Allen made the funny remark "I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me," this is an example of a time when Fred Allen quipped.
- a witty or, esp. formerly, sarcastic remark or reply; jest or gibe
- a quibble; cavil
- something curious or odd
Origin of quipcontr. ; from earlier quippy ; from Classical Latin quippe, indeed, forsooth ; from quid, what + -pe, emphatic enclitic
verbquipped, quip·ping, quips
Origin of quipAlteration of obsolete quippy, perhaps from Latin quippe, indeed, from quid, what; see kwo- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present quips, present participle quipping, simple past and past participle quipped)
- (intransitive) To make a quip.
- To taunt; to treat with quips.
Perhaps from Latin quippe (“indeed").