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 Last but not least is his clear middle fingernail, which has a shiny silver foil expertly placed. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 28 May 2021 The Twins right-hander took a short walk around the Target Field mound, studiously examining a fingernail. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 May 2021 In 2015, a Florida woman, Katie Gaydos, glued her eye shut after a friend accidentally handed her fingernail glue instead of Visine, WPBF-TV reported. David Aaro, Fox News, 23 Apr. 2021 The new 2-nanometer chips are roughly the size of a fingernail, and contain 50 billion transistors, each about the size of two DNA strands, according to IBM vice president of hybrid cloud research Mukesh Khare. Clare Duffy, CNN, 6 May 2021 Coral formations are constellations of thousands of animals called polyps, each often smaller than a pinky fingernail. Elizabeth Svoboda, Scientific American, 1 May 2021 Most of the larvae are no bigger than a fingernail; others are even smaller. Erik Olsen New York Times, Star Tribune, 15 Apr. 2021 PAIRING Pair your inability to concentrate on anything longer than a fingernail with a short rollercoaster of a zine by Alissa Bennett! Molly Young, Vulture, 9 Apr. 2021 Most of the larvae are no bigger than a fingernail; others are even smaller. New York Times, 30 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of fingernail

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Fingernail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fingernail. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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fingernail

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fingernail

: the hard covering at the end of your fingers

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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