little finger


Definition of little finger 

: the fourth and smallest finger of the hand counting the index finger as the first

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Also a combination of planticular locomotion, hind feet that can swivel, and extremely creepy/dextrous little fingers. Michael Andor Brodeur,, "From a flipping pancake house to an overstuffed bot," 15 June 2018 The San Francisco Giants ace broke the little finger on his pitching hand when fielding a comebacker in spring training. Mark Billingsley, sacbee, "How Bumgarner and his little finger showed big progress in Sacramento rehab start | The Sacramento Bee," 26 May 2018 Who knows what kinds of diseases 6-year-olds carry on their grubby little fingers? New York Times, "License to Interfere," 23 May 2018 President Donald Trump’s tiny little fingers kept imposing on Melania’s hand space, and her hand was not here for it. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "How Melania Trump’s Hand Has Become the Most Defiant Member of the Trump Administration," 25 Apr. 2018 And shame on you for wagging your judgemental little fingers at IVF - a miracle that has allowed legions of loving people, both straight and gay, to fulfil their dream of having children. Charles Manning, Cosmopolitan, "Gay Dolce & Gabbana Designers Don't Think Gay People Should Adopt or Get Married," 16 Mar. 2015 How about christening a mojito with a little finger lime juice? Earl Nickel, San Francisco Chronicle, "Finger limes the ‘caviar’ of citrus for your garden," 9 Apr. 2018 Making the signature gesture of the Texas Longhorn football team, a clenched fist with the index finger and little finger extended. Christopher Elliott,, "Be aware of laws while traveling, or you'll court trouble," 26 Mar. 2018 The journalists asked if the girls could wrap Papa around their little fingers. Owen Matthews, Newsweek, "The Top Secret Family Life of Vladimir Putin," 19 Aug. 2014

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First Known Use of little finger

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of little finger was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of little finger

: the finger that is farthest from your thumb

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Kids Definition of little finger

: the shortest finger of the hand farthest from the thumb

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Medical Definition of little finger 

: the fourth and smallest finger of the hand counting the index finger as the first

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