Definitions for fingerˈfɪŋ gər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

fin•gerˈfɪŋ gər(n.)

  1. any of the jointed terminal members of the hand, esp. one other than the thumb.

    Category: Anatomy, Zoology

  2. a part of a glove made to receive a finger.

  3. Ref: fingerbreadth.

  4. the length of a finger: approximately 4½ in. (11 cm).

  5. Slang. an informer or spy.

    Category: Status (usage)

  6. something like a finger in form or use, as a projection or pointer.

  7. any of various projecting parts of machines.

    Category: Machinery

  8. (v.t.)to touch with the fingers; toy or meddle with; handle.

  9. to play on (an instrument) with the fingers. to perform or mark (a passage of music) with a certain fingering.

    Category: Music and Dance

  10. Slang. to inform against or identify (a criminal) to the authorities. to designate as a victim, as of murder or other crime.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Status (usage)

  11. (v.i.)to touch or handle something with the fingers.

Idioms for finger:

  1. give someone the finger,Slang. to express contempt or indignation by extending the middle finger upward in an obscene gesture.

    Category: Idiom, Status (usage)

  2. keep one's fingers crossed,to wish for good luck or success, esp. in a specific endeavor.

    Category: Idiom

  3. twist or wrap around one's (little) finger,to exert complete control over.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of finger:

bef. 900; ME, OE


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

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. finger(noun)ˈfɪŋ gər

    one of the digits on your hand

    short, stubby fingers

  2. fingerˈfɪŋ gər

    a long thin piece or area

    a finger of land

  3. fingerˈfɪŋ gər

    indicates you hope sth will happen the way you want

    My interview is tomorrow - keep your fingers crossed for me.


  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


  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.

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

Anagrams of finger

  1. fringe

Translations for finger

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


one of the five end parts of the hand, sometimes excluding the thumb

She pointed a finger at the thief.

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