finger

noun
fin·​ger | \ ˈfiŋ-gər How to pronounce finger (audio) \

Definition of finger

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : any of the five terminating members of the hand : a digit of the forelimb especially : one other than the thumb
2a : 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 sense 10 usually used with the

finger

verb
fingered; fingering\ ˈfiŋ-​g(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce fingering (audio) \

Definition of finger (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to touch or feel with the fingers
2a : 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
2a : 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

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Other Words from finger

Noun

fingerlike \ ˈfiŋ-​gər-​ˌlīk How to pronounce fingerlike (audio) \ adjective

Examples of finger in a Sentence

Noun Don't stick your fingers in the cookie batter! He slipped the ring onto her finger. The baby held onto my thumb with her tiny fingers. She ran her fingers through his hair. He drummed his fingers on the table impatiently. a finger of land extending into the sea She was so mad, she gave him the finger. Some angry driver flipped me the finger on the highway this morning. Verb He was fingered as a suspect. thus far authorities haven't been able to finger the person who's been lighting fires around town
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun According to an oximeter placed on the man's finger, his pulse shot up to 105 — a heated reaction to the president's claims. CBS News, "Here are the election issues making battleground state voters' hearts race - literally," 19 Oct. 2020 Quarterback Trace McSorley, wide receiver Chris Moore (finger/thigh) and offensive linemen Trystan Colon-Castillo and Ben Bredeson are also inactive. Daniel Oyefusi, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens DE Derek Wolfe, DB Anthony Levine Sr. inactive vs. Eagles; rookie LB Kristian Welch active," 18 Oct. 2020 Joe goes up to Jack afterward and apologizes for putting him on the spot when suddenly a TV cuts on in the community center, and everyone is left to watch as Valerie loses another finger. Samantha Highfill, EW.com, "Supernatural recap: Jack reveals the truth about his fate," 16 Oct. 2020 In October last year, Tehran was widely condemned for having dismembered another man's finger after convicting him of theft. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "Iran sentences 3 more men to amputation for 'stealing,' reviving once-rare Islamic law," 15 Oct. 2020 The Giants might have a better shot with Smyly, who missed a lot of the year with a finger injury. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Giants mailbag: Buster Posey’s 2021 role and Hall of Fame chances both uncertain," 15 Oct. 2020 In addition to bodies, authorities found bloody footprints in the home and finger and thumbprints on the door. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "Coronavirus is killing haunted houses, but we still have real horror stories to scare you," 15 Oct. 2020 Yet another strategy makes use of DNA-binding zinc finger proteins to boost the expression of specific genes. Lydia Denworth, Science | AAAS, "Is gene therapy ready to treat some forms of autism?," 14 Oct. 2020 Even high school students have joined the protests, refusing to stand for the national anthem in schools and raising the three finger salute. Helen Regan And Kocha Olarn, CNN, "Thailand's unprecedented revolt pits the people against the King," 13 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Escape to rural roads in the Mazda, finger the paddle shifters in manual mode and it’s a fun box with tight handling and an eager drivetrain. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Encore GX ST brings Buick manners to small SUVs," 19 Sep. 2020 As forensic virologists search to uncover the origins of COVID-19, bats have been fingered as a likely source. Diya Chacko, Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus Today: Plans for a worst-case scenario," 21 Apr. 2020 Families stalked the produce aisles, fingering cilantro and scallions (scarcities elsewhere), juggling cannisters of Lysol wipes and packages of flour (which had disappeared throughout the city). Bryan Washington, The New Yorker, "The Grocers on Houston’s Front Lines," 6 Apr. 2020 But this occurs only for the hand that fingers the strings. Quanta Magazine, "The Brain Reshapes Our Malleable Senses to Fit the World," 24 Mar. 2020 Unlike online video gamers and e-sports players, Urban, Zahler, and tens of thousands of other pinballers worldwide swap turns—and possibly worse—fingering flipper buttons and nudging machines with their bare hands. Bill Lascher, Fortune, "No quarter: Coronavirus is killing pinball halls—and all the other communal spaces we call ‘home’," 21 Mar. 2020 It’s more than a little unsettling to take your toddler to forest school in the very park where Paul from your year once simultaneously (and famously) fingered two girls on the same bench. Nell Frizzell, refinery29.com, "What It’s Really Like To Move Home As An Adult," 23 Feb. 2020 Russia’s low regard for international law was highlighted again last week in a report that fingered the FSB, Russia’s main spy agency, in the killing of a Chechen dissident in Berlin last August. The Economist, "Much ado about “such” The $50bn Yukos judgment against Russia turns on a single word," 20 Feb. 2020 Suspicions have followed several teams for years; the Dodgers have been fingered by the Mets and Brewers each of the past two seasons. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "After role in Astros' sign-stealing scandal, can Carlos Beltran manage former foes with Mets?," 15 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of finger

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1521, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2a

History and Etymology for finger

Noun

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

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Time Traveler for finger

Time Traveler

The first known use of finger was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

22 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Finger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/finger. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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finger

noun
How to pronounce finger (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of finger

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of finger (Entry 2 of 2)

: to touch (something) with your fingers
chiefly US, informal : to identify (someone) as the person who has committed a crime

finger

noun
fin·​ger | \ ˈfiŋ-gər How to pronounce finger (audio) \

Kids Definition of finger

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

finger

verb
fingered; fingering

Kids Definition of finger (Entry 2 of 2)

: to touch with the fingers : handle

finger

noun
fin·​ger | \ ˈfiŋ-gər How to pronounce finger (audio) \

Medical Definition of finger

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

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fin·​ger
fingered; fingering

Legal Definition of finger

: 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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