A clever, witty remark. See Synonyms at joke.
v. quipped, quip·ping, quips
To make quips or a quip.
To say (something) as a quip.
[Alteration of obsolete quippy, perhaps from Latin quippe, indeed, from quid, what; see kwo- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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