fin·​ger·​ling ˈfiŋ-gər-liŋ How to pronounce fingerling (audio)
: a small fish especially up to one year of age
Striped bass were once found mainly on the East Coast. Around 1976, they were introduced into Elephant Butte Reservoir as 3-inch-long fingerlings. Buddy Mays
or fingerling potato : a small, narrow, elongated potato typically ranging in length from two to 5 inches (5 to 13 centimeters) when mature
With the beans and the tuna I like some potatoes, fingerlings that aren't too starchy. David Pasternack

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web If baby red potatoes or small fingerling potatoes are your favorites, give them the smash treatment and get the same creamy on the inside, crisp on the outside effect without slicing or dicing. Casey Barber, CNN, 25 Mar. 2022 This regional dish is traditionally made with bone-in chicken, roasted fingerling potatoes, peas, oregano, garlic and white wine. Alyson Sheppard, Robb Report, 24 June 2021 Ahmeti's favorite pizza is the white truffle, which features white truffle fondue, fresh mozzarella, caramelized Brussels sprouts, roasted garlic, charred corn and fingerling potatoes. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 24 June 2021 Included in all orders is an amuse bouche, a seasonal nibble plucked from the restaurant’s garden (sugar snap peas and fingerling potatoes most recently); signature organic buttermilk biscuits; and mignardise of strawberry pate de fruit. Soleil Ho,, 30 May 2020 The first thing to do is get your potatoes cooking: Start with 2 pounds of young potatoes (fingerlings or anything small and waxy will do just fine). Alex Delany, Bon Appétit, 8 Nov. 2019 These were not just fingerlings, but catchable Arctic char — some more than 20 inches. Anchorage Daily News, 11 Apr. 2020 Magic Molly is a purple fingerling but can grow quite large to over 6 inches in length. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 15 Aug. 2019 But the accompanying fingerling potatoes — saturated in a vinegary sweet dressing that penetrates deep into their core — almost steal the show. Dominic Armato, azcentral, 27 Jan. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of fingerling was in 1829

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“Fingerling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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