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

Examples of fingerling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pair with other classic brunch dishes, including a light side salad, fruit salad, roasted fingerling potatoes, crispy bacon, these spiced orange rolls, and more. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 3 May 2024 New potatoes, red potatoes and fingerlings are all considered waxy potatoes. Josie Goodrich, USA TODAY, 25 Aug. 2023 In autumn 2022, the commission stocked 2-inch crappie fingerlings. Bryan Hendricks, Arkansas Online, 18 June 2023 In the spring of 2022, the commission stocked largemouth bass fingerlings. Bryan Hendricks, Arkansas Online, 18 June 2023 My favorite dish here is a quieter one: Dover sole meuniere, expertly cooked fish with almonds and brown butter, wonderfully sweet parsnip crema, broccolini, and more fingerlings. Globe Staff,, 6 June 2023 Pickled fingerling potatoes and gremolata accompany the cheese. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 1 May 2023 For eating on their own, pick small and waxy potatoes like fingerlings or baby Yukon Golds, which are creamy and smooth as opposed to starchy and floury like russets. Ali Slagle, Los Angeles Times, 16 Mar. 2023 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

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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 29 May. 2024.

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