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1. A snap or light blow made by pressing a fingertip against the thumb and suddenly releasing it.
2. Something that excites or stimulates: "Spritely tabasco onions, just a little crunch for the top, were an added fillip" (Alison Arnett).
tr.v. fil·liped, fil·lip·ing, fil·lips
1. To strike or propel rapidly by a fillip: filliped my ear; filliped the pretzel across the counter.
2. To stimulate or arouse.
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
4. (tr) to stimulate or excite
5. (tr) to strike or project sharply with a fillip
6. (intr) to make a fillip
[C15 philippe, of imitative origin]
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 if by a fillip.v.i.
4. to make a fillip with the fingers.n.
5. an act or instance of filliping; a smart tap or stroke.
6. anything that tends to rouse, excite, or revive; a stimulus.
[1425–75; late Middle English philippe to make a sound with thumb and right forefinger]
Past participle: filliped
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|Noun||1.||fillip - anything that tends to arouse; "his approval was an added fillip"|
positive stimulus - a stimulus with desirable consequences