index finger

noun

: the finger next to the thumb

called also forefinger

Examples of index finger in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Burton developed a hybrid picking style that used a flat pick between his thumb and index finger, as well as a fingerpick on his middle finger. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 18 Mar. 2024 Imagine pinching a piece of paper between your thumb and index finger, for example. Sabrina Sholts, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Mar. 2024 A number of us scrolled through iPhones with our index fingers or exchanged small talk, occasionally slipping into English by accident. Jamil Jan Kochai, The New Yorker, 19 Feb. 2024 Obama's arrival at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in January 2012 created controversy when then-Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer was captured in an infamous photo pointing her index finger at the president in a scolding manner. The Arizona Republic, 12 Feb. 2024 After initial setup with my index finger and thumb, the phone would only unlock about 15% of the time using the fingerprint reader. Rudie Obias, The Hollywood Reporter, 31 Jan. 2024 The fifth-year player, who took over when Justin Herbert broke his right index finger during the second quarter against Denver on Dec. 10, was unable to get the Chargers into the end zone in last week's 16-9 loss to the Broncos. Joe Reedy, USA TODAY, 5 Jan. 2024 Squeeze the indentation between the two digits with your opposite hand's thumb and index finger and massage in a circular motion for five minutes, then switch hands. Amanda MacMillan, Health, 26 Feb. 2024 His index finger was pointed at his nephew’s chest. Elliot Ackerman, WIRED, 9 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1849, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of index finger was in 1849

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“Index finger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/index%20finger. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

index finger

noun
: the finger next to the thumb

Medical Definition

index finger

noun
: the finger next to the thumb

called also forefinger

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