Words I Love 024 – Fillip

Here’s today’s great word…

fillip

ˈfɪlɪp/

 

Noun

noun: fillip; plural noun: fillips
  1. 1.
    something which acts as a stimulus or boost to an activity.
    “the halving of car tax would provide a fillip to sales”
    synonyms: stimulus, stimulation, stimulant, boost, encouragement, incitement, incentive, impetus, inducement, motivation; More

    informalshot in the arm, pick-me-up
    “they are reducing their lending rates to give a fillip to the housing market”
    antonyms: curb
  2. 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.
    • a slight smart stroke or tap inflicted with a flick of the finger.

verb

archaic
verb: fillip; 3rd person present: fillips; past tense: filliped; past participle: filliped; gerund or present participle: filliping
  1. 1.
    propel (a small object) with a flick of the fingers.
    • strike slightly and smartly.
      “he filliped him over the nose”

Origin

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