finger food


Definition of finger food

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Steamed peas and carrots are good options for early finger foods, and pieces of tofu or chicken can help with the pincer grasp, when your baby is ready for them. Katharine Gammon, New York Times, "How to Include Your Baby in Family Meals," 18 Apr. 2020 Just think finger food – fresh grapes, raspberries or blueberries, and those deliciously sweet Clementine oranges. oregonlive, "Last-minute Super Bowl 2020 party strategies for procrastinators and people who don’t cook," 31 Jan. 2020 Avoid finger food and using unwashed hands to put food into your mouth. Popular Science, "How to stop touching your face," 20 Mar. 2020 Served as an easy appetizer at your next dinner party, these decadent finger foods are terrific fresh from the skillet, with a spicy, gingery dipping sauce. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Scallion Pancake," 21 Feb. 2020 Direct-hire workers could plan music festivals in public parks around the country, with booths for local small businesses to sell craft beer and finger food sourced from farms in the area. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "Green Jobs Are the Answer to the Coronavirus Recession," 18 Mar. 2020 When hunger calls, don’t miss Trinidad’s most beloved finger food: doubles. Kristin Braswell, USA TODAY, "Find the right Caribbean island, from luxurious St. Barths to budget-friendly Puerto Rico," 14 Jan. 2020 Wonderland Ocean Pub welcomes Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots for finger foods and drinks, including Bud Light ($4), Tito’s Vodka ($5), Pacifico mugs ($6) and bottles of bubbly ($12) until 2 p.m. 5083 Santa Monica Ave. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Where to watch your favorite NFL and college teams in San Diego," 19 Sep. 2019 Nothing like finger food for teaching a noble and necessary lesson—and nothing could be better for the Super Bowl than a piled of golden-fried fish sticks. The Editors, Field & Stream, "The Ultimate Super Bowl Food Menu for Hunters and Anglers," 30 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of finger food

1893, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of finger food was in 1893

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16 May 2020

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“Finger food.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of finger food

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

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