middle finger


Definition of middle finger

: the midmost of the five digits of the hand

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At the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Maradona launched his middle fingers into the air after Argentina bested Nigeria and was captured on video appearing seriously inebriated in the stands. Carlos Rodriguez And Amy Guthrie, Fox News, "Maradona to coach soccer club in Mexico's cartel heartland," 10 Sep. 2018 The ink was small enough to miss, with Ariana and Pete both sporting a mini emoji cloud on the middle finger of their left hand. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson’s Matching Tattoos: A Complete Guide," 15 Oct. 2018 Another raised a middle finger as the couple shuffled past. Avi Selk, The Seattle Times, "Sen. Ted Cruz and wife shouted out of D.C. restaurant over his support for Kavanaugh," 25 Sep. 2018 Sixers small forward Robert Covington underwent surgery Thursday to repair a tendon in his left middle finger. Sarah Todd, Philly.com, "Sixers' Robert Covington undergoes surgery on finger," 17 May 2018 But Osbourne still didn't realize quite how serious his situation was until the doctors diagnosed him with a potentially deadly staph infection in his thumb—three infections, actually, one of which had also spread to his middle finger. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Ozzy Osbourne Underwent Hand Surgery to Treat Multiple Staph Infections: ‘It Was Agony’," 23 Oct. 2018 The tip of my middle finger to the base of my palm is just over 8 inches. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "Is the iPhone XS Max Too Big?," 21 Sep. 2018 Mackinac Island, MI Hold up your hand to represent the mitten shape of Michigan, and imagine Mackinac Island as a speck just above the tip of your middle finger, where Lake Huron meets Lake Michigan. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Islands in the U.S.: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 The trick is to use dry fingers, and a light hand. Dab your middle finger gently in your shadow, and dab just as gently at the crease of your eyelid. Talia Green, SELF, "11 Beauty Lessons I Learned From My Makeup Artist Mom," 13 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of middle finger

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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English Language Learners Definition of middle finger

: the long finger that is the middle one of the five fingers of the hand

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Kids Definition of middle finger

: the long finger that is the middle one of the five fingers of the hand

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Medical Definition of middle finger

: the midmost of the five digits of the hand

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