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Definition of "quip" []

  • A clever, witty remark often prompted by the occasion. (noun)
  • A clever, often sarcastic remark; a gibe. See Synonyms at joke. (noun)
  • A petty distinction or objection; a quibble. (noun)
  • Something curious or odd. (noun)
  • To make quips or a quip. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "quip" in a sentence
  • "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.”"