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fillip

[fil-uh p] /ˈfɪl əp/
verb (used with object)
1.
to strike with the nail of a finger snapped from the end of the thumb.
2.
to tap or strike smartly.
3.
to drive by or as by a fillip:
Anticipation filliped his passion.
verb (used without object)
4.
to make a fillip with the fingers.
noun
5.
an act or instance of filliping; a smart tap or stroke.
6.
anything that tends to rouse, excite, or revive; a stimulus:
Praise is an excellent fillip for waning ambition.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English philippe to make a signal or sound with thumb and right forefinger; expressive word of uncertain orig; cf. flip
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British Dictionary definitions for fillipping

fillip

/ˈfɪlɪp/
noun
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
verb
4.
(transitive) to stimulate or excite
5.
(transitive) to strike or project sharply with a fillip
6.
(intransitive) to make a fillip
Word Origin
C15 philippe, of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for fillipping

fillip

v.

mid-15c., philippen "to flip something with the fingers, snap the fingers," possibly of imitative origin. As a noun, from 1520s, fyllippe.

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