fin·ger·tip | \ˈfiŋ-gər-ˌtip \

Definition of fingertip 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the tip of a finger

2 : a protective covering for the end of a finger

at one's fingertips

: instantly or readily available



Definition of fingertip (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : readily accessible : being within easy reach fingertip information fingertip controls

2 : extending from head or shoulders to mid-thigh used of clothing

Examples of fingertip in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Sprinkle the rub on the ribs on both sides (about 3 tablespoons per rack), rubbing it into the meat with your fingertips. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Ribs 101: Pitmasters offer advice on cooking ribs," 1 July 2018 Press it down with your fingertips, and pinch the edges tight to the perimeter of the dish. Julia Sherman, New York Times, "A Cookbook of Artists’ Creative Summer Desserts," 22 June 2018 Rub butter into dry ingredients with your fingertips to create large, shaggy pieces of dough (the idea is to smash the butter into the flour, creating some pieces that are flat and thin and some that are large and irregular). Chris Morocco, Bon Appetit, "Fresh Fruit Tart with Almond Press-In Crust," 11 June 2018 What a strange privilege to place your hands inside a human being, to touch a heart with your fingertips, to become briefly one. Longreads, "Somewhere Under My Left Ribs: A Nurse’s Story," 31 May 2018 If any gaps appear, apply more grout with your fingertip. The Editors Of House Beautiful, House Beautiful, "How to Grout Tile," 11 Feb. 2015 Feel a tremble in your stomach, in your chest, in your fingertips. Shelly Oria, Longreads, "How to Be Single," 2 July 2018 The moment burned brightly with the clacks of flip phones and the snaps of fingertips. Cassie Owens,, "Where have all the musical ringtones gone?," 24 May 2018 Between Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime, there's no shortage of shows available at your fingertips. Trenesha N Striggles, azcentral, "Here's the shows you should binge-watch while it's hot outside," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of fingertip


1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1920, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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Phrases Related to fingertip

to one's fingertips

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English Language Learners Definition of fingertip

: the very end of a finger


fin·ger·tip | \-ˌtip \

Medical Definition of fingertip 

: the tip of a finger

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