quip


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Quip \Quip\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Quipped; p. pr. & vb. n.
   Quipping.]
   To taunt; to treat with quips.
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         The more he laughs, and does her closely quip.
                                                  --Spenser.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Quip \Quip\, v. i.
   To scoff; to use taunts. --Sir H. Sidney.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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.
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            Quips, and cranks, and wanton wiles.  --Milton.
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            He was full of joke and jest,
            But all his merry quips are o'er.     --Tennyson.
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   2. A short humorous or witty comment or observation, usually
      spontaneously formed in response to a prior comment.
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