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Princeton's WordNet

  1. epigram, quipnoun

    a witty saying

  2. wisecrack, crack, sally, quipverb

    witty remark

  3. gag, quipverb

    make jokes or quips

    "The students were gagging during dinner"


  1. Quipnoun

    A short humorous or witty comment or observation, usually spontaneously formed in response to a prior comment.


  1. quipnoun

    A smart, sarcastic turn or jest; a taunt; a severe retort or comeback; a gibe.

  2. quipverb

    To make a quip.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Quipnoun

    A sharp jest; a taunt; a sarcasm.

    Etymology: derived, by the etymologists, from whip.

    Notwithstanding all her sudden quips,
    The least whereof would quell a lover’s hope,
    Yet, spaniel like, the more she spurns my love,
    The more it grows, and fawneth on her still. William Shakespeare.

    If I sent him word his beard was not well cut, he would send me word, he cut it to please himself: this is called the quip modest. William Shakespeare, As You Like it.

    Nymph bring with thee
    Jest and youthful jollity,
    Quips, and cranks, and wanton wiles,
    Nods, and becks, and wreathed smiles. John Milton.

  2. To Quipverb

    To rally with bitter sarcasms. Robert Ainsworth


  1. quip

    A quip is a witty or clever remark, often made quickly in response to a particular situation. It is usually intended to entertain or amuse others, and may exhibit a certain degree of sarcasm or irony.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Quipnoun

    a smart, sarcastic turn or jest; a taunt; a severe retort; a gibe

  2. Quipverb

    to taunt; to treat with quips

  3. Quipverb

    to scoff; to use taunts

  4. Etymology: [Cf. W. chwip a quick flirt or turn, chwipio to whip, to move briskly, and E. whip. Cf. Quib, Quibble.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Quip

    kwip, n. a sharp, sarcastic turn, a gibe: a quick retort.—v.i. to use sarcasms.—v.t. to sneer at.—adj. Quip′pish. [W. chwip, a quick turn, chwipio, to move briskly.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of quip in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of quip in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of quip in a Sentence

  1. Simon Enever:

    Pitching Quip at the beginning was a bit of a challenge, for the first six months, we were piecing together $ 10,000 here, $ 20,000 there.

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  • سخريةArabic
  • vtípek, vtípkovatCzech
  • witzeln, geistreiche BemerkungGerman
  • σκώπτω, πείραγμα, χαριτολογώ, πειράζω, σκώμμα, χαριτολόγημαGreek
  • sofismoSpanish
  • sutkauttaaFinnish
  • plaisanterFrench
  • freddura, frizzo, battutaItalian
  • колкость, острота, язвитьRussian
  • kvickhetSwedish
  • طعنہUrdu

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    openly distrustful and unwilling to confide
    • A. opaque
    • B. plush
    • C. suspicious
    • D. dangerous

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