index finger

noun

: the finger next to the thumb

called also forefinger

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web To test for doneness, punch dough with index finger. Paris Wolfe, cleveland, 14 Nov. 2022 His father chewed his pork chops loudly, cleaned the applesauce cup with his index finger, licked his finger, and finally James excused himself. Sarah Braunstei, The New Yorker, 2 Aug. 2021 The man then returned to his car, but turned and pointed his index finger at the boyfriend, making a gun gesture. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 20 Oct. 2022 Push your index finger into the surface of the potting mix up to about your first knuckle. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 14 Oct. 2022 Miles curled his index finger into a makeshift scope. David Gilbert, The New Yorker, 10 Oct. 2022 Half the size of my index finger and marked by a bright ring of color, these disposable Thai inhalers keep me feeling fresh and alert on a daily basis. Emily Wilson, Bon Appétit, 3 Sep. 2022 At the time, Green shared a sweet black and white photo of the newborn wrapped in a blanket and holding on to his index finger. Christina Dugan Ramirez, Peoplemag, 31 Aug. 2022 Three people were dead and 11 more were injured, including his father, who’d been shot once in his index finger and once directly through the top of his head. Eli Saslow, Washington Post, 7 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Index finger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/index%20finger. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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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