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noun fin·ger \ˈfiŋ-gər\

Simple Definition of finger

  • : one of the five long parts of the hand that are used for holding things; especially : one of the four that are not the thumb

  • : something that is long and thin and looks like a finger

  • : the part of a glove into which a finger is placed

Full Definition of finger

  1. 1 :  any of the five terminating members of the hand :  a digit of the forelimb; especially :  one other than the thumb

  2. 2 a :  something that resembles a finger <a narrow finger of land> b :  a part of a glove into which a finger is inserted c :  a projecting piece (as a pawl for a ratchet) brought into contact with an object to affect its motion

  3. 3 :  the breadth of a finger

  4. 4 :  interest, share —often used in the phrase have a finger in the pie

  5. 5 :  bird 10 —usually used with the

fin·ger·like play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of finger

  1. Don't stick your fingers in the cookie batter!

  2. He slipped the ring onto her finger.

  3. The baby held onto my thumb with her tiny fingers.

  4. She ran her fingers through his hair.

  5. He drummed his fingers on the table impatiently.

  6. a finger of land extending into the sea

  7. She was so mad, she gave him the finger.

  8. Some angry driver flipped me the finger on the highway this morning.

Origin of finger

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German fingar finger

First Known Use: before 12th century



verb fin·ger

Simple Definition of finger

  • : to touch (something) with your fingers

  • : to identify (someone) as the person who has committed a crime

Full Definition of finger

fin·geredfin·ger·ing play \-g(ə-)riŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to touch or feel with the fingers

  3. 2 a :  to play (a musical instrument) with the fingers b :  to play (as notes or chords) with a specific fingering c :  to mark the notes of (a music score) as a guide in playing

  4. 3 :  to point out :  identify

  5. 4 :  to extend into or penetrate in the shape of a finger

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 :  to touch or handle something

  8. 2 a :  to use the fingers in playing a musical instrument b :  to have a certain fingering —used of a musical instrument

  9. 3 :  to extend in the shape or manner of a finger

Examples of finger

  1. He was fingered as a suspect.

  2. <thus far authorities haven't been able to finger the person who's been lighting fires around town>

15th Century

First Known Use of finger

15th century

Medical Dictionary


noun fin·ger \ˈfiŋ-gər\

Medical Definition of finger

  1. :  any of the five terminating members of the hand :  a digit of the forelimb; especially :  one other than the thumb

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February 12, 2016

of, relating to, or suggestive of marble

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