forefinger

noun

fore·​fin·​ger ˈfȯr-ˌfiŋ-gər How to pronounce forefinger (audio)

Examples of forefinger in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bigger pieces of food, like a skinless drumstick or a fleshy mango pit, are, counterintuitively, safer for novice eaters, and smaller pieces are more appropriate for later, when the baby can use her thumb and forefinger together—the pincer grasp—to pick up objects. Olaf Blecker, The New Yorker, 22 Apr. 2024 Gobert and his teammates disputed the decision to tag him with an offensive foul and the Frenchman was shown on the broadcast rubbing his thumbs and forefingers together – a gesture often associated with money – in the aftermath. Sam Joseph, CNN, 11 Mar. 2024 Some pairs have screen-friendly tips on all five fingers (and sometimes the palms as well), while others only have them on the thumbs and forefingers. Theresa Holland, Travel + Leisure, 5 Jan. 2024 Either tap it out through a fine-mesh sieve or pinch it between thumb and forefinger for precise sprinkling. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, 6 Dec. 2023 Her left hand was clutching a crinkled paper bag; her right hand was curled in an almost-fist, but with the forefinger wagging. Cynthia Ozick, The New Yorker, 24 July 2023 To pinch a plant, remove the growing tip of a stem by nipping it between your thumb and forefinger. Viveka Neveln, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Aug. 2023 The document stated that Rodriguez lifted his shirt to show his waistline, pulled a firearm from his pants with his left hand – holding it by his thumb and forefinger – and dropped the firearm on the ground. Jared Formanek, CNN, 29 July 2023 Not unlike the action of folding thumb and forefinger in-then-out, perhaps. Kriston Capps, Washington Post, 11 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of forefinger was in the 15th century

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“Forefinger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/forefinger. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

forefinger

noun
fore·​fin·​ger -ˌfiŋ-gər How to pronounce forefinger (audio)

Medical Definition

forefinger

noun
fore·​fin·​ger -ˌfiŋ-gər How to pronounce forefinger (audio)

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