verb (used with object)
to strike with the nail of a finger snapped from the end of the thumb.
to tap or strike smartly.
to drive by or as by a fillip: Anticipation filliped his passion.
verb (used without object)
to make a fillip with the fingers.
an act or instance of filliping; a smart tap or stroke.
anything that tends to rouse, excite, or revive; a stimulus: Praise is an excellent fillip for waning ambition.

1425–75; late Middle English philippe to make a signal or sound with thumb and right forefinger; expressive word of uncertain orig; cf. flip Unabridged
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fillip (ˈfɪlɪp)
1.  something that adds stimulation or enjoyment
2.  the action of holding a finger towards the palm with the thumb and suddenly releasing it outwards to produce a snapping sound
3.  a quick blow or tap made by a finger snapped in this way
4.  (tr) to stimulate or excite
5.  (tr) to strike or project sharply with a fillip
6.  (intr) to make a fillip
[C15 philippe, of imitative origin]

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Word Origin & History

1530, philippen "to flip something with the fingers, snap the fingers," possibly of imitative origin.
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Example sentences
He proposed that all the visible material in the cluster was a mere fillip.
Early automobiles often included a buggy-whip holder on the dashboard-a useless
  fillip that designers couldn't bear to part with.
Anyway, that's a historical fillip to whet your attention.
And rebuilding after the floods and tornadoes may deliver a fillip in the
  second half of the year.
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