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Sunday, November 04, 2018

Definitions for fillip

  1. anything that tends to rouse, excite, or revive; a stimulus: Praise is an excellent fillip for waning ambition.
  2. an act or instance of filliping; a smart tap or stroke.
  3. to strike with the nail of a finger snapped from the end of the thumb.

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Citations for fillip
It is so pleasant to receive a fillip of excitement when suffering from the dull routine of everyday life! Anthony Trollope, Barchester Towers, 1857
His ordinary government allowance of spirits, one gill per diem, is not enough to give a sufficient fillip to his listless senses ... Herman Melville, White-Jacket; or, The World in a Man-of-War, 1850
Origin of fillip
late Middle English
Fillip is imitative, or onomatopoeic, in origin. Earlier forms include filip, fylippe, philip, and phillip. Fillip looks like a variant of flip, but flip is first recorded in the late 17th century, whereas fillip dates from the 16th.