fingernail

noun
fin·​ger·​nail | \ ˈfiŋ-gər-ˌnāl How to pronounce fingernail (audio) , ˌfiŋ-gər-ˈnāl \

Definition of fingernail

: the nail of a finger

Examples of fingernail in a Sentence

I trimmed and filed my fingernails. He had dirt under his fingernails.
Recent Examples on the Web These cherries were about the size of a fingernail, and mostly pit. Ian Knauer, WSJ, 27 July 2022 Her husband helped manage her career in addition to cooking, driving and buffing fingernail indentations out of her rubber juggling equipment. New York Times, 21 July 2022 Moore said the fingernail was exposed, as Depp described the placement of his hand, and would have been damaged. Staff And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 26 May 2022 The shards, some as small as a fingernail, were collected at Eridu, an ancient Mesopotamian city in southern Iraq. Samya Kullab, ajc, 22 May 2022 Don’t have the requisite pint of blood, fingernail clippings, and DNA swabs on hand to create your life password? Jay Martel, The New Yorker, 14 May 2022 The animators used tools that were the size of a fingernail. Lauren Huff, EW.com, 15 July 2022 Moore said the fingernail was exposed, as Depp described the placement of his hand, and would have been damaged. Staff And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 26 May 2022 Moore said the fingernail was exposed, as Depp described the placement of his hand, and would have been damaged. Staff And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 26 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of fingernail

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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7 Aug 2022

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More Definitions for fingernail

fingernail

noun
fin·​ger·​nail | \ ˈfiŋ-gər-ˌnāl How to pronounce fingernail (audio) \

Kids Definition of fingernail

: the hard covering at the end of a finger

fingernail

noun
fin·​ger·​nail | \ ˈfiŋ-gər-ˌnāl, ˌfiŋ-gər-ˈnā(ə)l How to pronounce fingernail (audio) \

Medical Definition of fingernail

: the nail of a finger

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