Definition of fillip in US English:



  • 1Something which acts as a stimulus or boost to an activity.

    ‘the halving of the automobile tax would provide a fillip to sales’
    • ‘He plans to upgrade the quality of engineering education, give a fillip to student development and provide web-based career counselling for college students.’
    • ‘More importantly, it would promote the concept of thrift among poultry owners and farmers and give a fillip to rural employment.’
    • ‘The direct flights between India and China, started early last year, are intended to be used to promote people-to-people exchanges and give a fillip to tourism.’
    • ‘It earned him the right to be called the father of European comic-book art, giving a fillip to the industry at a time when America was churning out comics at ever-increasing volumes.’
    • ‘The Festival's acutely-anticipated arrival is not just a fillip to York racecourse, but to the entire city, whose economy can expect a massive upswing.’
    • ‘Moreover, if linguistic provinces are formed it will also give a fillip to the regional languages.’
    • ‘Recent disposals, which will provide a fillip to interim numbers due in November, should also provide improved focus and strengthen the balance sheet.’
    • ‘This will give a fillip to the local labour market and encourage people to consume judiciously.’
    • ‘This is expected to give a fillip to the construction activity, slackened by the increased cost of materials.’
    • ‘New technologies and sophisticated machinery will give a fillip to the construction sector.’
    • ‘It should be a fillip to all scorers that a scorer has finally received an honour.’
    • ‘A Danish ‘Yes’ vote might just have provided a fillip to market sentiment, particularly if it were supported by another round of intervention.’
    • ‘Longer term, it appears that the planned merger between the Frankfurt and London Stock Exchanges will give a fillip to the campaign to have UK stamp duty abolished.’
    • ‘Satisfactory work on the prime minister's rural road network also gave a fillip to the sector.’
    • ‘‘The book signing session should provide a fillip to sales,’ said Mr Black.’
    • ‘This measure is sure to earn a good name for our traditional medicine systems abroad as well as give a fillip to our hotel industry.’
    • ‘Taking advantage of various low-cost housing schemes and managing your income wisely can provide the extra fillip needed to get a mortgage large enough to buy your first house.’
    • ‘This is likely to give a fillip to the economy of the State.’
    • ‘This can serve as a fillip to activate and develop community spirit, so sadly lacking in the country.’
    • ‘The discussion in the meeting centered around the political situation in the state and the measures need to be taken to give a fillip to the socio-economic development.’
    stimulus, stimulation, stimulant, boost, encouragement, incitement, incentive, impetus, inducement, motivation
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  • 2archaic A movement made by bending the last joint of the finger against the thumb and suddenly releasing it; a flick of the finger.

    ‘the Prince, by a fillip, made some of the wine fly in Oglethorpe's face’
    1. 2.1 A slight smart stroke or tap.
      ‘she began to give him dainty fillips on the nose with a soft forepaw’


[with object]archaic
  • 1Propel (a small object) with a flick of the finger.

    ‘our aforesaid merchant filliped a nut sharply against his bullying giant’
    1. 1.1 Strike (someone or something) slightly and smartly.
      ‘he filliped him over the nose’
      encourage, act as a fillip to, act as a impetus to, act as a incentive to, act as a spur to, act as a stimulus to, prompt, prod, move, motivate, trigger, spark, spur on, galvanize, activate, kindle, fire, fire with enthusiasm, fuel, whet, nourish
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    2. 1.2 Stimulate or urge (someone or something)
      ‘pour, that the draught may fillip my remembrance’


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