from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Sports A quick thrust given after parrying an opponent's lunge in fencing.
- n. A retaliatory action, maneuver, or retort.
- intransitive v. To make a return thrust.
- intransitive v. To retort quickly.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a thrust given in return after parrying an attack.
- n. a quick and usually witty response to a taunt, a retort
- n. an answer or reply, rapidly uttered, in response to a question or problem
- v. to attempt to hit an opponent after parrying an attack.
- v. to respond quickly; particularly if the response is humorous.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In fencing, a quick, short thrust by a swordsman after parrying a lunge from his opponent: usually given without moving from the spot, before the opponent has time to recover his position or guard.
- n. Hence A quick, smart reply; a repartee.
- To make a quick, smart reply or repartee.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. answer back
- n. (fencing) a counterattack made immediately after successfully parrying the opponents lunge
- v. make a return thrust
- n. a quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one)
French, alteration of obsolete risposte, from Italian risposta, answer, from feminine past participle of rispondere, to answer, from Latin respondēre; see respond.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French riposte, taken from Italian risposta, a derivative of the verb rispondere, "to respond". (Wiktionary)