Fillip meaning

fĭləp
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The snap made by a finger which is held down toward the palm by the thumb and then suddenly released.
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Anything that stimulates or livens up; piquant element.
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To strike, impel, or snap with a fillip.
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(archaic) A flick; the act of releasing the index finger from the hold of a thumb with a snap.
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To strike or project with the nail of a finger snapped from the end of the thumb; flick.
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A snap or light blow made by pressing a fingertip against the thumb and suddenly releasing it.
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To strike or propel rapidly by a fillip.

Filliped my ear; filliped the pretzel across the counter.

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A light blow or tap given in this way.
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To stimulate or liven up.
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To make a fillip.
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Something that excites or stimulates.

This measure gave a fillip to the housing market.

This athlete's victory provided a much-needed fillip for national pride.

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To tap or strike smartly.
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To make a fillip; drive by or as by a fillip; stimulate; excite; whet.

The spicy aroma filliped my appetite.

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To snap; to project quickly.
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Something that excites or stimulates.
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To stimulate or arouse.
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Origin of fillip

  • Imitative

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English philippe, filippen (“to make a sound with right forefinger and thumb, snap”). Origin uncertain. Probably an alteration of Middle English flappen (“to hit, slap, clap, applaud”). More at flap.A fillip gradually became “something of small importance; a trifle.” “The rest is not worth a fillip with the finger.” And, the word could also express a short space of time (perhaps the time it took to “flick” the finger). “The tortoise..in a fillip of the finger was down in the gardens of Riu Gu.” Only in the 18th and 19th centuries did its current usage, as encouragement or stimulus, tend to dominate.

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