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 When new evidence surfaced in support of Brittany’s self-defense claim, the judge speculated about a possible explanation for the presence of Todd’s DNA on Brittany’s fingernail clippings, the lawyer said in court records. Ashley Remkus |, al, "Alabama woman who says she killed rapist in self-defense wants judge removed from murder case," 16 June 2020 Tim Braun had Myers' DNA under Heather's fingernail, the GPS records placing her at his trailer and his history of violence against women. CBS News, "Heather Bogle murder: 3 innocent suspects, a lead detective behind bars and a killer hiding in plain sight," 6 June 2020 But Black women have also been told that certain beauty trends weren’t for us, including red lips, blue eyeshadow, pink fingernails and more. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "20 Beauties Who Prove That Black Women Make Any Lip Color Look Great," 5 June 2020 Methyd's season 12 sisters also make appearances in the preview clip, including Jan (sporting mammoth blades as fingernails), Widow Von'Du (rocking fabulous spider legs in tribute to her drag name), and Brita (serving cone-boob eleganza). Joey Nolfi,, "Crystal Methyd serves piñata realness in Drag Race virtual finale preview," 29 May 2020 Probably the easiest call to learn and the best for making quiet clucks and purrs is the slate call, which works on the same principle as fingernails on a chalkboard. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, "The Turkey Gear Hall of Fame," 4 May 2020 Tidy up your hands and fingernails by clipping and buffing the nails, and exfoliating and moisturizing the hands. Sara Hendricks, USA TODAY, "10 ways to make your weekends feel more normal in quarantine," 22 Apr. 2020 Keeping fingernails short and cleaning toys that are shared can also help. Jolie Kerr, New York Times, "How to Tame Common Childhood Plagues," 19 Apr. 2020 The glass display will also help protect the phone against the outside world, hopefully surviving fingernails, sharp objects, and reinforcing the sides of the display, which are all areas where the plastic display of the Galaxy Fold struggled. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "February’s flexible flip-phone fight: The Galaxy Z Flip vs the Moto Razr," 13 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of fingernail

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Fingernail.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of fingernail

: the hard covering at the end of your fingers


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

Kids Definition of fingernail

: the hard covering at the end of a finger


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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