quip

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Perhaps from Latin quippe ‎(indeed).

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quip ‎(plural quips)

  1. A smart, sarcastic turn or jest; a taunt; a severe retort or comeback; a gibe.
    • Milton
      Quips, and cranks, and wanton wiles.
    • Tennyson
      He was full of joke and jest, / But all his merry quips are o'er.

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Verb[edit]

quip ‎(third-person singular simple present quips, present participle quipping, simple past and past participle quipped)

  1. (intransitive) To make a quip.
    • 2012 June 3, Nathan Rabin, “TV: Review: THE SIMPSONS (CLASSIC): “Mr. Plow” (season 4, episode 9; originally aired 11/19/1992)”[1]:
      In an eerily prescient bit, Kent Brockman laughingly quips that if seventy degree weather in the winter is the Gashouse Effect in action, he doesn’t mind one bit.
  2. (transitive) To taunt; to treat with quips.
    • Spenser
      the more he laughs, and does her closely quip

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