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.
  • intransitive v. To scoff; to use taunts.
  • transitive v. To taunt; to treat with quips.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To use quips or sarcasms; gibe; scoff.
  • To utter quips or sarcasms on; taunt; treat with a sarcastic retort; sneer at.
  • n. A smart sarcastic turn; a sharp or cutting jest; a severe retort; a gibe.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a witty saying
  • v. make jokes or quips
  • n. witty remark


Alteration of obsolete quippy, perhaps from Latin quippe, indeed, from quid, what; see kwo- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Perhaps from Latin quippe ("indeed"). (Wiktionary)



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  • The civic body is planning to provide some temporary cover to the food serving area here. “We want to ensure that rain or sun does not come to create obstacles for the scheme,” an officer quipped.

    March 11, 2014

  • Quippy is cute, too.

    September 27, 2009

  • I love this word. I love asking people to "tell me what you mean, without the quips".

    September 27, 2009