Fillip Definition

fĭləp
fillips
noun
fillips
The snap made by a finger which is held down toward the palm by the thumb and then suddenly released.
Webster's New World
A light blow or tap given in this way.
Webster's New World
Anything that stimulates or livens up; piquant element.
Webster's New World
verb
To strike, impel, or snap with a fillip.
Webster's New World
To make a fillip.
Webster's New World
To stimulate or liven up.
Webster's New World

To strike or project with the nail of a finger snapped from the end of the thumb; flick.

Wiktionary
To snap; to project quickly.
Wiktionary
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Other Word Forms of Fillip

Noun

Singular:
fillip
Plural:
fillips

Origin of Fillip

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Imitative

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

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