Latin edit

Etymology edit

For quid (what, why, well!, interjection) +‎ -pe, the same corroborating particle seen in nempe; see also quispiam.

Pronunciation edit

Particle edit

quippe (discourse particle)

  1. (explanatory, quasi-conjunction) the reason is that (introducing the reason for a previous assertion and expecting ready agreement)
    1. (used as a standalone answer, often followed by a sentence introduced with etenim)
  2. (followed by quī, quae, quod with subjunctive) as is to be expected from someone who; as being
  3. (followed by ubī̆ with indicative or subjunctive) seeing as, since, inasmuch as (specifying and qualifying a situation)
  4. (followed by cum, quandō, quoniam, quod, quia, , quī (instrumental) with indicative) as is natural when, seeing as (introducing a justification, defence etc.)
  5. (explicative, often parenthetic) indeed, since, after all, why, I mean (often corresponding to a written dash in English)
    • Vergil, Aeneid 1.37–39:
      Mene incepto desistere victam,
      nec posse Italia Teucrorum avertere regem?
      Quippe vetor fatis.
      • 1983 translation by Robert Fitzgerald
        Give up what I began? Am I defeated? Am I impotent to keep the king of Teucrians from Italy? The Fates forbid me, am I to suppose?
    1. for, namely (explaining the usage of a word or phrase)

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Further reading edit

  • quippe”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • quippe”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • quippe in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette.
  • Sihler, Andrew L. (1995) New Comparative Grammar of Greek and Latin, Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, →ISBN