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Apr 25, 2013
This week's theme
Onomatopoeic words

This week's words
bombilate
fanfaron
cachinnate
fillip
brouhaha

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fillip

PRONUNCIATION:
(FIL-ip)

MEANING:
noun: 1. A stimulus. 2. A snap made by pressing a fingertip against the thumb and suddenly releasing it.
verb tr.: 1. To stimulate or to incite to action. 2. To make a snap by a fingertip against the thumb.

ETYMOLOGY:
Apparently of onomatopoeic origin. Earliest documented use: 1530.

USAGE:
"Intel splashed out $884 million ... to give its efforts in the embedded-chip market a fillip."
Space Invaders; The Economist (London, UK); Jan 7, 2012.

See more usage examples of fillip in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
One who condones evils is just as guilty as the one who perpetrates it. -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., civil-rights leader (1929-1968)

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