fillip


1fil·lip

verb \ˈfi-ləp\

Definition of FILLIP

transitive verb
1
a :  to make a filliping motion with
b :  to strike or tap with a fillip <filliped him on the nose>
2
:  to project quickly by or as if by a fillip <fillip crumbs off the table>
3
:  stimulate <with this to fillip his spirits — Robert Westerby>

Examples of FILLIP

  1. <used a splash of orange-flavored liqueur to fillip the otherwise ordinary cranberry sauce>

Origin of FILLIP

probably of imitative origin
First Known Use: 15th century

2fillip

noun

: an added part or feature that makes something more interesting or exciting

Full Definition of FILLIP

1
a :  a blow or gesture made by the sudden forcible straightening of a finger curled up against the thumb
b :  a short sharp blow :  buffet
2
:  something tending to arouse or excite: as
a :  stimulus <just the fillip my confidence needed> <lent a fillip of danger to the sport>
b :  a trivial addition :  embellishment <showy fillips of language>
c :  a significant and often unexpected development :  wrinkle <plot twists and fillips>

Examples of FILLIP

  1. a structural fillip that will add much to the appearance of the building
  2. lent a fillip of danger to the sport

First Known Use of FILLIP

1519

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: fillipeen
Previous Word in the Dictionary: fill–in test
All Words Near: fillip

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up fillip? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More