[ fil-uh p ]
/ ˈfɪl əp /

verb (used with object)

to strike with the nail of a finger snapped from the end of the thumb.
to tap or strike smartly.
to drive by or as by a fillip: Anticipation filliped his passion.

verb (used without object)

to make a fillip with the fingers.


an act or instance of filliping; a smart tap or stroke.
anything that tends to rouse, excite, or revive; a stimulus: Praise is an excellent fillip for waning ambition.


Nearby words

  1. fillet weld,
  2. filleting,
  3. filling,
  4. filling defect,
  5. filling station,
  6. fillipeen,
  7. fillister,
  8. fillister head,
  9. fillmore,
  10. fillmore, millard

Origin of fillip

1425–75; late Middle English philippe to make a signal or sound with thumb and right forefinger; expressive word of uncertain orig; cf. flip1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for fillip


/ (ˈfɪlɪp) /


something that adds stimulation or enjoyment
the action of holding a finger towards the palm with the thumb and suddenly releasing it outwards to produce a snapping sound
a quick blow or tap made by a finger snapped in this way


(tr) to stimulate or excite
(tr) to strike or project sharply with a fillip
(intr) to make a fillip

Word Origin for fillip

C15 philippe, of imitative origin

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Word Origin and History for fillip



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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