A quip — a short, witty comment — can be pleasant, wise, or sarcastic, but usually carries an element of humor.

A quip, often taken as a sign of cleverness, is a witty remark that sounds spur-of-the-moment. A successful quip must sound offhand, as though it were an afterthought, even if the speaker has been honing the statement for days. Dorothy Parker was a famous writer known for her quick quips, such as, "The best way to keep children home is to make the home atmosphere pleasant — and let the air out of the tires."

Definitions of quip

n a witty saying

Type of:
expression, locution, saying
a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations

n witty remark

crack, sally, wisecrack
Type of:
comment, input, remark
a statement that expresses a personal opinion or belief or adds information

v make jokes or quips

Type of:
jest, joke
tell a joke; speak humorously

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