little finger


Definition of little finger

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

Examples of little finger in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Bengals had won two straight before key injuries and mistakes took their toll in a 41-22 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers that left quarterback Joe Burrow nursing a sore little finger on his throwing hand. Mark Heim |, al, 12 Dec. 2021 Playing with a dislocated little finger on his throwing hand for much of the day, Burrow threw two interceptions and lost a fumble. Mitch Stacy, ajc, 5 Dec. 2021 Then, curl your first three fingers toward the center of your palm, leaving your thumb and little finger upright. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 2 Dec. 2021 The boy sat in a silver desk chair, nervously swivelling, tracing one of the scratches on his face with his little finger. George Saunders, The New Yorker, 23 Aug. 2021 And in the murk, the dominant creature, the ubiquitous bristlemouth, is smaller than a human's little finger. Thomas Page, CNN, 2 July 2021 The pitch hit Acuña’s little finger on the bottom of the bat, and Atlanta said X-rays on the finger were negative. Creg Stephenson |, al, 9 May 2021 This happened even though Trump barely lifted a little finger to try to court Latinos outside of Miami-Dade County. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 4 Nov. 2020 Also, his parents sued Georgia for an incident two years ago in which the lineman’s father lost part of his little finger after it was caught in a chair at a recruits' dinner. Creg Stephenson |, al, 10 Oct. 2020

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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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8 Jan 2022

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“Little finger.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for little finger

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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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