A comeback is a quick, witty reply. “Your mama” is a lame comeback but a popular one. It's also a return to prominence after a break, like an athlete who retires and then makes a comeback by returning to the sport.

If someone insults you, and you say something back that turns the insult around, that's a comeback. Nice job. Another comeback is when someone — especially in entertainment or sports — comes back after being gone. If a popular singer leaves music for a few years and then returns with a hit song, that's a comeback. In the song “Mama Said Knock You Out,” LL Cool J starts by saying, “Don’t call it a comeback, I been here for years!”

Definitions of comeback
  1. noun
    a quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one)
    synonyms: counter, rejoinder, replication, retort, return, riposte
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    back talk, backtalk, lip, mouth, sass, sassing
    an impudent or insolent rejoinder
    type of:
    reply, response
    the speech act of continuing a conversational exchange
  2. noun
    return by a celebrity to some previously successful activity
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    type of:
    reappearance, return
    the act of someone appearing again
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