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 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, "Column: Lots of Latinos voted for Trump. That should not be a surprise.," 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, "Georgia-Tennessee live stream (10/10): How to watch college football online, TV, time," 10 Oct. 2020 Mays transferred from Georgia with his father suing the university over an incident where Kevin Mays lost part of his little finger when it was caught in a folding chair at a dinner for recruits at Sanford Stadium. Mark Heim |, al, "Cade Mays gets SEC waiver, cleared to play for Tennessee; Jeremy Pruitt, Greg Sankey chime in," 1 Oct. 2020 For little fingers that love to tinker, there aren’t many better games than Planet. Dan Thurot, Ars Technica, "Our favorite boardgames that model the natural world," 25 Apr. 2020 One of the very first sansukumi-ken to gain popularity throughout the country was mushi-ken, where players use their hands to represent a frog (thumb), slug (little finger), and snake (index finger). Anna Ben Yehuda Rahmanan, Popular Mechanics, "The Long, Winding History of Rock Paper Scissors," 4 Mar. 2020 His little fingers went stiff and his hand was straight like a board. Leslie Anne Tarabella, al, "The hand drops, and so does the heart," 16 Jan. 2020 Mr Spinney opened and shut Big Bird’s eyelids by moving a 5lb (2.3kg) lever with his little finger. The Economist, "Big Bird flies away," 14 Dec. 2019 Make sure there are no holes or hinges that could catch little fingers. Maggie Rauser,, "Safe Kids Carroll: Toy safety tips for kids and adults," 30 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of little finger

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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15 Nov 2020

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“Little finger.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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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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