{{11}}quip (n.) 1530s, variant of quippy in same sense (1510s), perhaps from L. quippe "indeed, forsooth" (used sarcastically), from quid "what," neut. of quis "who" (Cf. QUIBBLE (Cf. quibble) (n.)) + emphatic particle -pe.
{{12}}quip (v.) 1580s, from QUIP (Cf. quip) (n.). Related: Quipped; quipping.

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