from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A clever, witty remark often prompted by the occasion.
- n. A clever, often sarcastic remark; a gibe. See Synonyms at joke.
- n. A petty distinction or objection; a quibble.
- n. Something curious or odd.
- intransitive v. To make quips or a quip.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A smart, sarcastic turn or jest; a taunt; a severe retort or comeback; a gibe.
- v. To make a quip.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A smart, sarcastic turn or jest; a taunt; a severe retort; a gibe.
- n. A short humorous or witty comment or observation, usually spontaneously formed in response to a prior comment.
- transitive v. To taunt; to treat with quips.
- intransitive v. To scoff; to use taunts.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A smart sarcastic turn; a sharp or cutting jest; a severe retort; a gibe.
- To use quips or sarcasms; gibe; scoff.
- To utter quips or sarcasms on; taunt; treat with a sarcastic retort; sneer at.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a witty saying
- v. make jokes or quips
- n. witty remark
In my reading, the Santayana quip is among the "requisite caveats" that Isaacson says Murphy "provides."
Take health care reform, the issue that Obama through Gibbs cited when he made his one term quip, and has cited repeatedly in the past as the thing that he'd rise or fall on.
“This quip is not dishonest: though I have several friends who have combined novel-reading with motherhood very successfully, in my own head I hold a convoluted equation, one based on the approximate number of hours I have left to live versus the number of good books I have left to read, and it is very anxiety-inducing.”
Reading the posts on the economy and listening to the news reminds me of a quip from a century ago:
Giant Step - The trick to understanding the meaning of Stiglers quip is to have what is technically called a sense of humour.
Also, rum & nog reminds me of a quip from the xmas episode of a favorite sitcom:
In the US a common quip is that a conservative is a liberal who has been mugged.
Well maybe like her other side of the coin quip, those are just a little extreme.
I would add that the purpose of the quip is that it is a restatement of “those that don’t do, teach”, or other phrases similar.
The article’s pretty short, but my favourite part is this quip from a bishop: