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fillip

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verb fil·lip \ˈfi-ləp\

Definition of fillip

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to make a filliping motion withb :  to strike or tap with a fillip filliped him on the nose

  3. 2 :  to project quickly by or as if by a fillip fillip crumbs off the table

  4. 3 :  stimulate with this to fillip his spirits — Robert Westerby

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Examples of fillip in a Sentence

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

Did You Know?

Like "flip" and "flick," "fillip" is considered a phonetic imitation of the sharp release of a curled-up finger aimed to strike something. Language history suggests that people were "filliping" in the 15th-century, well before they were "flipping" (1567) and "flicking" (1629). Specifically, "fillip" describes a strike or gesture made by the sudden straightening of a finger curled up against the thumb - a motion commonly referred to as "a flick." It didn't take long before the sensational stinging smartness of filliping was extended to figurative use. "I mark this in our old Mogul's wine; it's quite as deadening to some as filliping to others," observes Herman Melville's Dutch sailor of wine's "stimulating" effect in Moby Dick.

Origin and Etymology of fillip

probably of imitative origin


First Known Use: 15th century


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fillip

noun fil·lip

Definition of fillip

  1. 1a :  a blow or gesture made by the sudden forcible straightening of a finger curled up against the thumbb :  a short sharp blow :  buffet

  2. 2 :  something tending to arouse or excite: such asa :  stimulus just the fillip my confidence needed lent a fillip of danger to the sportb :  a trivial addition :  embellishment showy fillips of languagec :  a significant and often unexpected development :  wrinkle plot twists and fillips

Examples of fillip in a Sentence

  1. a structural fillip that will add much to the appearance of the building

  2. lent a fillip of danger to the sport

1519

First Known Use of fillip

1519


FILLIP Defined for English Language Learners

fillip

noun

Definition of fillip for English Language Learners

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


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