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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fil-uh p]
    • /ˈfɪl əp/
    • /ˈfɪl.ɪp/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fil-uh p]
    • /ˈfɪl əp/

Definitions of fillip word

  • verb with object fillip to strike with the nail of a finger snapped from the end of the thumb. 1
  • verb with object fillip to tap or strike smartly. 1
  • verb with object fillip to drive by or as by a fillip: Anticipation filliped his passion. 1
  • verb without object fillip to make a fillip with the fingers. 1
  • noun fillip an act or instance of filliping; a smart tap or stroke. 1
  • noun fillip anything that tends to rouse, excite, or revive; a stimulus: Praise is an excellent fillip for waning ambition. 1

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Origin of fillip

First appearance:

before 1425
One of the 25% oldest English words
1425-75; late Middle English philippe to make a signal or sound with thumb and right forefinger; expressive word of uncertain orig; cf. flip1

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Fillip


fillip popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 86% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
According to our data about 50% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

fillip usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for fillip

verb fillip

  • boost — If one thing boosts another, it causes it to increase, improve, or be more successful.
  • charge — If you charge someone an amount of money, you ask them to pay that amount for something that you have sold to them or done for them.
  • tap — Telocator Alphanumeric Protocol
  • flip — to toss or put in motion with a sudden impulse, as with a snap of a finger and thumb, especially so as to cause to turn over in the air: to flip a coin.
  • incentive — something that incites or tends to incite to action or greater effort, as a reward offered for increased productivity.

noun fillip

  • tonic — a medicine that invigorates or strengthens: a tonic of sulphur and molasses.
  • spur — a batch of newly made rag-paper sheets.
  • stimulus — something that incites to action or exertion or quickens action, feeling, thought, etc.: The approval of others is a potent stimulus.
  • impetus — a moving force; impulse; stimulus: The grant for building the opera house gave impetus to the city's cultural life.
  • impulse — the influence of a particular feeling, mental state, etc.: to act under a generous impulse; to strike out at someone from an angry impulse.

Antonyms for fillip

noun fillip

  • knock — to strike a sounding blow with the fist, knuckles, or anything hard, especially on a door, window, or the like, as in seeking admittance, calling attention, or giving a signal: to knock on the door before entering.

Top questions with fillip

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