What does finger mean?

Definitions for fingerˈfɪŋ gər

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word finger.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. finger(noun)

    any of the terminal members of the hand (sometimes excepting the thumb)

    "her fingers were long and thin"

  2. finger, fingerbreadth, finger's breadth, digit(noun)

    the length of breadth of a finger used as a linear measure

  3. finger(verb)

    one of the parts of a glove that provides covering for a finger or thumb

  4. finger, thumb(verb)

    feel or handle with the fingers

    "finger the binding of the book"

  5. feel, finger(verb)

    examine by touch

    "Feel this soft cloth!"; "The customer fingered the sweater"

  6. finger(verb)

    search for on the computer

    "I fingered my boss and found that he is not logged on in the afternoons"

  7. finger(verb)

    indicate the fingering for the playing of musical scores for keyboard instruments


  1. finger(Noun)

    One of the long extremities of the hand, sometimes excluding the thumb.

    Human hands have 5 fingers: the thumb, the forefinger (or index finger), the middle finger, the ring finger and the little finger.

  2. finger(Noun)

    A piece of food resembling such an extremity.

    chocolate fingers

  3. finger(Noun)

    (also finger pier) A walkway extending from a dock, an airport terminal, etc, used by passengers to board a waiting ship or aeroplane.

  4. finger(Noun)

    An amount of liquid, usually alcohol, in a glass, with the depth of a finger's length.

    Hey buddy, is something bothering ya? Want me to pour you a finger?

  5. finger(Verb)

    To identify or point out. Ex.: put the finger on To report to or identify for the authorities, rat on, rat out, squeal on, tattle on, turn in, to finger.

  6. finger(Verb)

    To poke or probe with a finger.

  7. finger(Verb)

    To use the fingers to penetrate and sexually stimulate one's own or another person's vagina or anus.

  8. finger(Verb)

    To use specified finger positions in producing notes on a musical instrument.

  9. finger(Verb)

    To provide instructions in written music as to which fingers are to be used to produce particular notes or passages.

  10. finger(Verb)

    To query (a user's status) using the .

  11. Origin: finger, from fingraz (compare West Frisian/German Finger, Dutch vinger), from pénkʷrós 'fifth' (compare Old Irish cóicer 'set of five people', Old Armenian հինգերորդ), from *pénkʷe 'five'. More at five.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Finger(noun)

    one of the five terminating members of the hand; a digit; esp., one of the four extermities of the hand, other than the thumb

  2. Finger(noun)

    anything that does work of a finger; as, the pointer of a clock, watch, or other registering machine; especially (Mech.) a small projecting rod, wire, or piece, which is brought into contact with an object to effect, direct, or restrain a motion

  3. Finger(noun)

    the breadth of a finger, or the fourth part of the hand; a measure of nearly an inch; also, the length of finger, a measure in domestic use in the United States, of about four and a half inches or one eighth of a yard

  4. Finger(noun)

    skill in the use of the fingers, as in playing upon a musical instrument

  5. Finger(verb)

    to touch with the fingers; to handle; to meddle with

  6. Finger(verb)

    to touch lightly; to toy with

  7. Finger(verb)

    to perform on an instrument of music

  8. Finger(verb)

    to mark the notes of (a piece of music) so as to guide the fingers in playing

  9. Finger(verb)

    to take thievishly; to pilfer; to purloin

  10. Finger(verb)

    to execute, as any delicate work

  11. Finger(verb)

    to use the fingers in playing on an instrument

  12. Origin: [AS. finger; akin to D. vinger, OS. & OHG. fingar, G. finger, Icel. fingr, Sw. & Dan. finger, Goth. figgrs; of unknown origin; perh. akin to E. fang.]


  1. Finger

    A finger is a limb of the human body and a type of digit, an organ of manipulation and sensation found in the hands of humans and other primates. Normally humans have five digits, the bones of which are termed phalanges, on each hand. The first digit is the thumb, followed by index finger, middle finger, ring finger, and little finger or pinky. Some other languages use the same generic term for all five digits of a hand.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Finger

    fing′gėr, n. one of the five terminal parts of the hand: a finger-breadth: skill in the use of the hand or fingers: execution in music.—v.t. to handle or perform with the fingers: to pilfer: to toy or meddle with.—v.i. to use lightly with the fingers, as a musical instrument.—ns. Fing′er-al′phabet, a deaf and dumb alphabet; Fing′er-board, the board, or part of a musical instrument, on which the keys for the fingers are placed; Fing′er-bowl, -glass, a bowl for holding the water used to cleanse the fingers after a meal; Fing′er-breadth, the breadth of a finger, the fourth part of a palm, forming 116 of a foot.—adj. Fing′ered, having fingers, or anything like fingers.—ns. Fing′er-grass, grass of genus Digitaria; Fing′er-hole, a hole in the side of the tube of a flute, &c., capable of being closed by the player's finger to modify the pitch of tone; Fing′ering, act or manner of touching with the fingers, esp. a musical instrument: a thick woollen yarn for stockings; Fing′erling, a very diminutive being: the parr; Fing′er-mark, a mark, esp. a soil made by the finger; Fing′er-plate, a thin plate of metal or porcelain laid along the edge of a door at the handle, to prevent soiling by the hand; Fing′er-post, a post with a finger pointing, for directing passengers to the road; Fing′er-stall, a covering of leather for protecting the finger.—Finger-and-toe (see Anbury).—A finger in the pie, a share in the doing of anything, often of vexatious meddling; Have at one's finger-ends, to be perfect master of a subject; Have one's fingers all thumbs, to have awkward fingers. [A.S. finger; Ger. finger.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. finger

    [WAITS, via BSD Unix] 1. n. A program that displays information about a particular user or all users logged on the system, or a remote system. Typically shows full name, last login time, idle time, terminal line, and terminal location (where applicable). May also display a plan file left by the user (see also Hacking X for Y). 2. vt. To apply finger to a username. 3. vt. By extension, to check a human's current state by any means. “Foodp?” “T!” “OK, finger Lisa and see if she's idle.” 4. Any picture (composed of ASCII characters) depicting ‘the finger’, see See figure 1. Originally a humorous component of one's plan file to deter the curious fingerer (sense 2), it has entered the arsenal of some flamers.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'finger' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3237

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'finger' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2260

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'finger' in Nouns Frequency: #518


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of finger in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of finger in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Henry Drummond:

    Instead of pointing a finger, we should hold out our hand.

  2. Frank Lloyd Wright:

    If it keeps up, man will atrophy all his limbs but the push-button finger.

  3. Joseph Roux:

    A fine quotation is a diamond on the finger of a man of wit, and a pebble in the hand of a fool.

  4. Thomas Fulkerson:

    It was basically 'put your finger into the wind and sense the direction of the wind, then make a decision on what you want to do,'.

  5. Karen Margolis:

    The idea that you’re going to be able to stick your finger on the camera of your smartphone and get an accurate blood pressure reading is pretty farfetched right now.

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