1. variant of philo- before a vowel: philanthropy.


  1. variant of -phile: eosinophil.


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Contemporary Examples of phil

Historical Examples of phil

  • "Not now," said Phil, patting his shoulder, with imperturbable good-nature.


    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • "By their improperly intelligent expression," returned Phil.


    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • Phil wants to go to Eton, but I know what Eton is: poor fellow!

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • They call me a beau and a buck, a slasher and dasher, and flourishing Phil.

  • But will you promise me, Phil, whatever she says—you won't let her provoke you this day.

British Dictionary definitions for phil


abbreviation for
  1. philosophy
  2. philharmonic


abbreviation for
  1. Philippians
  2. Philippines
  3. Philadelphia
  4. Philharmonic
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