from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A flippant, typically sardonic remark or retort. See Synonyms at joke.
  • intransitive v. To make or utter a wisecrack.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A witty or sarcastic comment or quip.
  • v. To make a sarcastic, flippant, or sardonic comment.

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

  • v. make a comment, usually ironic
  • n. witty remark


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  • At length, the dog and the chickens quieted down and the only sound was of the old fellow's muttering under his breath and every now and again making some wisecrack about Dublin and the “cityfeckers,” as he called them.



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