• WordNet 3.6
    • n fillip anything that tends to arouse "his approval was an added fillip"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The act of snapping your fingers has a name: fillip.
    • Fillip A jerk of the finger forced suddenly from the thumb; a smart blow.
    • Fillip Something serving to rouse or excite. "I take a glass of grog for a filip ."
    • Fillip To snap; to project quickly. "The use of the elastic switch to fillip small missiles with."
    • Fillip To strike with the nail of the finger, first placed against the ball of the thumb, and forced from that position with a sudden spring; to snap with the finger. "You fillip me o' the head."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • fillip To strike slightly or with some light instrument; especially, to strike with the nail of a finger first bent against the ball of the thumb, and let fly from that position with some force.
    • fillip To strike, nudge, or touch, as a horse or a person, in order to urge or press forward; incite; drive.
    • fillip To strike or tap with the nail of the finger.
    • n fillip A jerk of a finger bent against the ball of the thumb, and then suddenly let fly; hence, a smart tap or stroke.
    • n fillip Anything which tends to rouse, excite, or revive: as, that acted as a fillip to my spirits.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Fillip fil′ip to strike with the nail of the finger, forced from the ball of the thumb with a sudden jerk: to incite, drive
    • pr.p Fillip fill′iping; pa.p. fill′iped
    • n Fillip a jerk of the finger from the thumb: anything which excites
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    “Faithful horoscope-watching, practiced daily, provides just the sort of small but warm and infinitely reassuring fillip that gets matters off to a spirited start.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
For filp, flip,. Cf. Flippant


In literature:

We now all found our tongues, a fillip had been given to our spirits, and we thought scarcely of our hunger or thirst.
"Salt Water" by W. H. G. Kingston
Let me look round the cabin for some external object to act as a fillip to an exhausted imagination.
"The King's Own" by Captain Frederick Marryat
This was quite an event, and gave a fillip to the inertness of Madame de Fontanges, whose curiosity was excited.
"Newton Forster" by Captain Frederick Marryat
Then with the wish for some stimulating fillip he stripped and plunged into the sobering coolness of the water.
"The Tyranny of Weakness" by Charles Neville Buck
A slight fillip was given to Robert's waning enthusiasm by the arrival of new furniture for his room.
"Salthaven" by W. W. Jacobs
He viewed the halfburnt perfecto ruefully and filliped it through the window.
"The Lure of the Mask" by Harold MacGrath
Her words were a fillip to the Ranger.
"Oh, You Tex!" by William Macleod Raine
A certain fillip was given to Cambo by the retreat here of Edward Rostand, the author of "Cyrano" and "L'Aiglon.
"The Automobilist Abroad" by M. F. (Milburg Francisco) Mansfield
She knew that it wanted but this fillip to carry her through.
"The Merry-Go-Round" by Carl Van Vechten
Corrupting a Legislature is not something a man may do with a fillip of his finger and thumb.
"Frenzied Finance" by Thomas W. Lawson

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