An example of a riposte is a clever reply given by a stand-up comic to a heckler in the audience.
- Fencing a sharp, swift thrust made after parrying an opponent's lunge
- a sharp, swift response or retort
Origin of riposteFrench riposte ; from Italian risposta ; from rispondere ; from Classical Latin respondere: see respond
- Sports A quick thrust given after parrying an opponent's lunge in fencing.
- A retaliatory action, maneuver, or retort.
intransitive verbri·post·ed, ri·post·ing, ri·postes
- To make a return thrust.
- To retort quickly.
Origin of riposteFrench, alteration of obsolete risposte, from Italian risposta, answer, from feminine past participle of rispondere, to answer, from Latin respond&emacron;re; see respond.
(third-person singular simple present ripostes, present participle riposting, simple past and past participle riposted)