Definition of fillip in English:


Line breaks: fil¦lip
Pronunciation: /ˈfɪlɪp


  • 2 archaic A movement made by bending the last joint of the finger against the thumb and suddenly releasing it; a flick of the finger.
  • 2.1A slight smart stroke or tap inflicted with a flick of the finger.

verb (fillips, filliping, filliped)

[with object] archaic Back to top  
  • 1Propel (a small object) with a flick of the fingers.
  • 1.1Strike slightly and smartly: he filliped him over the nose


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

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