Definition of fillip in English:


Syllabification: fil·lip
Pronunciation: /ˈfiləp


1Something that acts as a stimulus or boost to an activity: the halving of the automobile tax would provide a fillip to sales
More example sentences
  • This is expected to give a fillip to the construction activity, slackened by the increased cost of materials.
  • This will give a fillip to the local labour market and encourage people to consume judiciously.
  • It should be a fillip to all scorers that a scorer has finally received an honour.
tonic, spur, push, aid, help
informal shot in the arm
2 archaic A movement made by bending the last joint of a finger against the thumb and suddenly releasing it; a flick of the finger: the Prince, by a fillip, made some of the wine fly in Oglethorpe’s face
2.1A slight smart stroke or tap: she began to give him dainty fillips on the nose with a soft forepaw

verb (fillips, filliping, filliped)

[with object] archaic Back to top  
1Propel (a small object) with a flick of the finger: our aforesaid merchant filliped a nut sharply against his bullying giant
1.1Strike (someone or something) slightly and smartly: he filliped him over the nose
1.2Stimulate or urge (someone or something): pour, that the draught may fillip my remembrance


late Middle English (in the sense 'make a fillip with the fingers'): symbolic; compare with flick, flip1.

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