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fillip

[fil-uh p] /ˈfɪl əp/
verb (used with object)
1.
to strike with the nail of a finger snapped from the end of the thumb.
2.
to tap or strike smartly.
3.
to drive by or as by a fillip:
Anticipation filliped his passion.
verb (used without object)
4.
to make a fillip with the fingers.
noun
5.
an act or instance of filliping; a smart tap or stroke.
6.
anything that tends to rouse, excite, or revive; a stimulus:
Praise is an excellent fillip for waning ambition.
Origin of fillip
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English philippe to make a signal or sound with thumb and right forefinger; expressive word of uncertain orig; cf. flip1
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Examples from the Web for fillip
Historical Examples
  • And doubtless some break in the monotony gives a fillip of pleasure.

    Hiero Xenophon
  • It was just a fillip to my enjoyment, as I looked on and off my page alternately.

    Daisy Elizabeth Wetherell
  • He has given a fillip to existence, loath as I am to acknowledge it.

    The Prairie Mother Arthur Stringer
  • Corrupting a Legislature is not something a man may do with a fillip of his finger and thumb.

    Frenzied Finance Thomas W. Lawson
  • She knew that it wanted but this fillip to carry her through.

    The Merry-Go-Round Carl Van Vechten
  • Eat, drink, play; all other human joys are not worth a fillip.'

  • And the baron with a fillip of the finger made this toy whirl round.

  • The common parent was given a fillip of a contemptuous thumb and finger.

    A Man of Two Countries Alice Harriman
  • Vaucorbeil watched him, then, with a fillip, knocked off his cap.

    Bouvard and Pcuchet Gustave Flaubert
  • A fillip to the wheel of her fate was given as she and Ellis went up the hill.

    The Barrier

    Allen French
British Dictionary definitions for fillip

fillip

/ˈfɪlɪp/
noun
1.
something that adds stimulation or enjoyment
2.
the action of holding a finger towards the palm with the thumb and suddenly releasing it outwards to produce a snapping sound
3.
a quick blow or tap made by a finger snapped in this way
verb
4.
(transitive) to stimulate or excite
5.
(transitive) to strike or project sharply with a fillip
6.
(intransitive) to make a fillip
Word Origin
C15 philippe, of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for fillip
v.

mid-15c., philippen "to flip something with the fingers, snap the fingers," possibly of imitative origin. As a noun, from 1520s, fyllippe.

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