finger food


Definition of finger food 

: a food that is to be held with the fingers for eating

Examples of finger food in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Available in the same dipable, bite-size shape, the crispy finger food makes for an easy after-school or post-work snack. Grace Dickinson,, "Beyond bugs: 12 unique (and strange) ingredients at Mom's Organic Market and what to do with them," 16 May 2018 The first will be hosted in the afternoon by the queen — with finger foods, wine and champagne., "Royal wedding guests pour into Windsor Castle ahead of nuptials watched 'round the world," 19 May 2018 No spoons required for this impressive finger food. 11., "Win The 4th Of July With These Last-Minute Desserts," 28 June 2018 Grousers say gourmet meals once on offer are now finger foods, and beverages are more likely to be guzzled than sipped. Annamaria Andriotis, WSJ, "The Airport Lounge, Once a Refuge, Is a Total Zoo," 30 Apr. 2018 The evening menu includes fried chicken, potato salad, finger foods and veggies. Linda Mcintosh,, "Patriotic group elects news," 2 July 2018 Grand Central Bar, no relation to the similar restaurant in New York, serves finger food only including a seasonal vegetables plate plus a seasonal Americano cocktail on draft. Louisa Chu,, "Where to eat at Wells St. Market, the Loop's newest food hall," 20 June 2018 Donors ate finger food and drank mimosas under a tent on Heritage’s rooftop. Jonathan Mahler, New York Times, "How One Conservative Think Tank Is Stocking Trump’s Government," 20 June 2018 There will be hors d'oeuvres — finger foods like the equivalent of garlicky fried escargot — and appetizers such as a vegetarian version of French onion soup and veal tartare drizzled with hot schmaltz. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "As Fauntleroy, Coquette space in Milwaukee's Third Ward will stay French but add '70s rock," 24 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'finger food.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of finger food

1893, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about finger food

Share finger food

Statistics for finger food

Last Updated

20 Sep 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for finger food

The first known use of finger food was in 1893

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for finger food

finger food


English Language Learners Definition of finger food

: a piece of food that is meant to be picked up with the fingers and eaten

More from Merriam-Webster on finger food

See words that rhyme with finger food

Comments on finger food

What made you want to look up finger food? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


not any or not one

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble-tiles-that-read-scrabble-quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!