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)

  1. to make a fillip with the fingers.


  1. an act or instance of filliping; a smart tap or stroke.
  2. anything that tends to rouse, excite, or revive; a stimulus: Praise is an excellent fillip for waning ambition.


  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


  1. (tr) to stimulate or excite
  2. (tr) to strike or project sharply with a fillip
  3. (intr) to make a fillip

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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