quip Definitions

Quip \Quip\ (kw[i^]p), n. [Cf. W. chwip a quick flirt or turn, chwipio to whip, to move briskly, and E. whip. Cf. Quib, Quibble.]

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

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

Quip \Quip\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Quipped; p. pr. & vb. n. Quipping.]

To taunt; to treat with quips.

Quip \Quip\, v. i.

To scoff; to use taunts. --Sir H. Sidney.

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  • A quip like that would have doubtless prompted a twitter storm and a rap on the knuckles at the BBC  (it's difficult, moreover, to imagine the corporation allowing him dub his new test circuit the "Ebola-drome"). telegraph.co.uk

  • Announced in March, Joss Whedon’s take on Batgirl arrived with obvious excitement. The creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer shepherding a presumably quip-filled female superhero vehicle? What brilliance! But then the wheels flew off. telegraph.co.uk

  • It was left to Winkleman to quip about the “odd headline” and Tess Daly to shut the whole thing down with the fabulously bland assertion  "It's been quite a week, but tonight it's all about the dancing." telegraph.co.uk

  • It was warm, witty and crowd-pleasingly relatable. Well, except for head judge Simon Cowell, who admitted that he simply didn’t get it. Cue a quickfire David Walliams quip: “Well, the only nappies he ever changes are Louis Walsh’s.”   telegraph.co.uk

  • Lynch appeared eager to put the issue behind her on Friday, concluding the discussion with a sarcastic quip when asked to name the one piece of wisdom she wished former attorney general Eric Holder had imparted upon her. theguardian.com

  • Parton remained quiet, but managed to trend on Twitter after making a quip about her famously inflated bust and the Best Supporting Actor category: “If it hadn’t been for good support, Shock and Awe here would be more like Flopsy and Droopy.” telegraph.co.uk

  • “Less is Moore” goes the old quip. It refers to the way, in his later years, Henry Moore produced a surfeit of castings of his large bronzes. There was a period in the Sixties when it seemed no corporate plaza or new public square was complete without one. telegraph.co.uk