finger food


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Even the shape and size of this finger food varies from recipe to recipe. Janelle Davis, CNN, 9 Oct. 2022 The finger food riff on the classic Italian-American turnover features both salami and capicola deli meats for the signature salty flavor. Kristy Alpert, Better Homes & Gardens, 24 Aug. 2022 As guests sipped on cocktails and snacked on finger food courtesy of Motherwolf chef Ethan Funke, Roach kicked off the proceedings with a catwalk presentation. Rachel Marlowe, Vogue, 16 June 2022 Afterwards, guests traveled to the heart of the property, enjoying finger food and drinks during a lakeside cocktail hour at the Colonne Terrace. People Staff, Peoplemag, 26 Sep. 2022 Fries are usually finger food, but not so at The Fry Guys — there’s too much stuff on them. Palak Jayswal, The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 Sep. 2022 This fancy finger food complements the tabouli and kebabs. Outside Online, 19 May 2021 But even without the alcohol, there's something charming about serving simple ham sliders as finger food at a fancy fête. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, 11 Aug. 2022 Texture options include pinchable, mashable tots, bites and finger food, according to the company. Good Housekeeping, 11 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of finger food was in 1893

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“Finger food.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

finger food


: a food (as a carrot stick) that is meant to be picked up with the fingers and eaten

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