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finger

noun fin·ger \ ˈfiŋ-gər \
Updated on: 17 Dec 2017

Definition of finger

1 : any of the five terminating members of the hand : a digit of the forelimb; especially : one other than the thumb
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 (such as a pawl for a ratchet) brought into contact with an object to affect its motion
3 : the breadth of a finger
4 : interest, share often used in the phrase have a finger in the pie
5 : bird 10 usually used with the

fingerlike

play \ˈfiŋ-gər-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of finger in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of finger

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


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finger

verb

Definition of finger

fingered; fingering play \ˈfiŋ-g(ə-)riŋ\
transitive verb
1 : to touch or feel with the fingers
2 a : to play (a musical instrument) with the fingers
b : to play (notes, chords, etc.) with a specific fingering
c : to mark the notes of (a music score) as a guide in playing
3 : to point out : identify
4 : to extend into or penetrate in the shape of a finger
intransitive verb
1 : to touch or handle something
2 a : to use the fingers in playing a musical instrument
b : to have a certain fingering used of a musical instrument
3 : to extend in the shape or manner of a finger

Examples of finger in a Sentence

  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

Recent Examples of finger from the Web

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First Known Use of finger

circa 1521


FINGER Defined for English Language Learners

finger

noun

Definition of finger for English Language Learners

  • : 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


finger

verb

Definition of finger for English Language Learners

  • : to touch (something) with your fingers

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


FINGER Defined for Kids

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finger

noun fin·ger \ ˈfiŋ-gər \

Definition of finger for Students

1 : one of the five divisions of the end of the hand including the thumb
2 : something that resembles a finger
  • a finger of land
3 : the part of a glove into which a finger goes

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finger

verb

Definition of finger for Students

fingered; fingering
: to touch with the fingers : handle

Medical Dictionary

finger

noun fin·ger \ ˈfiŋ-gər \

medical Definition of finger

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

Law Dictionary

finger

transitive verb fin·ger

legal Definition of finger

fingered; fingering
: to accuse or identify as guilty
  • was fingered simply because he fit the stereotype of a young, black street criminal
  • —Jack Ewing


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