thumb·​print | \ ˈthəm-ˌprint How to pronounce thumbprint (audio) \

Definition of thumbprint

1 : an impression made by the thumb especially : a print made by the inside of the first joint
2 : something that identifies especially : fingerprint sense 2a

Examples of thumbprint in a Sentence

He left a dirty thumbprint on the page.
Recent Examples on the Web Smith’s thumbprint was on the rifle magazine and his DNA was on the grip area, records said. David Harris,, 13 July 2021 The book features flavor twists including Sichuan peppercorn rainbow thumbprint cookies with a rosewater-strawberry jam and a buckwheat-rosemary gooey skillet cookie. Washington Post, 20 June 2021 Mix ½ cup of pistachio paste with 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter to make a pistachio frangipane and fill thumbprint cookies with it, or stuff cupcakes with it, or spread it underneath a pile of raspberries and strawberries in a galette. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, 8 June 2021 When patties are made, make a thumbprint in the center of each to prevent the meat from puffing it on the grill. Elizabeth Karmel, Forbes, 19 May 2021 Anyone who passes by one of their 300 sensors will have their unique digital thumbprint collected from their car or cellphone. Mark Pittman, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2021 This is basically a thumbprint cookie that's dressed up for the holiday. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1 Dec. 2020 Back onshore, the news was welcomed as a sign that, just possibly, the human race has not yet left its gaudy thumbprint everywhere. J. B. Mackinnon, The Atlantic, 30 Mar. 2021 For lemon bars, thumbprint cookies, and beyond, consider stirring up a sweet-tart egg yolk sauce with lemons or limes. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 24 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of thumbprint

1900, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 Jul 2021

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“Thumbprint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of thumbprint

: the pattern of marks made by pressing your thumb on a surface : a fingerprint made by a thumb


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