[ fil-uhp ]
/ ˈfɪl əp /
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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.
anything that tends to rouse, excite, or revive; a stimulus: Praise is an excellent fillip for waning ambition.

verb (used with object)

to strike with a fillip.
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.



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The rainy weather could not ________ my elated spirits on my graduation day.

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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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
C15 philippe, of imitative origin
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