[ fil-uhp ]
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  1. an act or instance of striking something with the nail of a finger snapped from the end of a thumb; a smart tap or stroke.

  2. anything that tends to rouse, excite, or revive; a stimulus: Praise is an excellent fillip for waning ambition.

verb (used with object)
  1. to strike with a fillip.

  2. to tap or strike smartly.

  1. to drive by or as by a fillip: Anticipation filliped his passion.

verb (used without object)
  1. to make a fillip with the fingers.

Origin of fillip

First recorded in 1525–35; late Middle English filip, fylippe, philippe “to make a signal or sound with thumb and right forefinger”; expressive word of uncertain origin

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How to use fillip in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for fillip


/ (ˈfɪlɪp) /

  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

  1. a quick blow or tap made by a finger snapped in this way

  1. (tr) to stimulate or excite

  2. (tr) to strike or project sharply with a fillip

  1. (intr) to make a fillip

Origin of fillip

C15 philippe, of imitative origin

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