What does finger mean?

Definitions for finger
ˈfɪŋ gərfin·ger

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word finger.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. fingernoun

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

    "her fingers were long and thin"

  2. finger, fingerbreadth, finger's breadth, digitnoun

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

  3. fingerverb

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

  4. finger, thumbverb

    feel or handle with the fingers

    "finger the binding of the book"

  5. feel, fingerverb

    examine by touch

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

  6. fingerverb

    search for on the computer

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

  7. fingerverb

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


  1. fingernoun

    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. fingernoun

    A piece of food resembling such an extremity.

    chocolate fingers

  3. fingernoun

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

  4. fingernoun

    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. fingerverb

    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. fingerverb

    To poke or probe with a finger.

  7. fingerverb

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

  8. fingerverb

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

  9. fingerverb

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

  10. fingerverb

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

  11. Etymology: 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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FINGERnoun

    Etymology: finger, Saxon, from fangen, to hold.

    The fingers and thumb in each hand consist of fifteen bones, there being three to each finger: they are a little convex and round towards the back of the hand, but hollow and plain towards the palm, except the last, where the nails are. The order of their dispositions is called first, second, and third phalanx: the first is longer than the second, and the second longer than the third. The upper extremity of the first bone on each finger has a little sinus, which receives the round head of the bones of the metacarpus. The upper extremity of the second and third bones of each finger hath two small sinuses, parted by a small protuberance; and the lower extremity of the first and second bones of each finger has two protuberances, divided by a small sinus: the two protuberances are received into the two sinuses of the upper extremity of the second and third bones; and the small sinus receives the little protuberance of the same end of the same bones. The first bone of the thumb is like the bones of the metacarpus, and it is joined to the wrist and second of the thumb, as they are to the wrist and first of the fingers. The second bone of the thumb is like the first bones of the fingers, and it is joined to the first and third, as they are to the bones of the metacarpus and second of the fingers. The fingers are moved sideways only upon their first joint. Besides these there are some small bones, called ossa sesamoidea, because they resemble sesamum grains: they are reckoned about twelve in each hand: they are placed at the joint of the fingers, under the tendons of the flexors, to which they serve as pullies. John Quincy.

    You seem to understand me,
    By each at once her choppy finger laying
    Upon her skinny lips. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Diogenes, who is never said,
    For aught that ever I could read,
    To whine, put finger i’ th’ eye and sob,
    Because h’ had ne’er another tub. Hudibras.

    The hand is divided into four fingers bending forward, and one opposite to them bending backwards, and of greater strength than any of them singly, which we call the thumb, to join with them severally or united; whereby it is fitted to lay hold of objects of any size or quantity. John Ray, on the Creat.

    A hand of a vast extension, and a prodigious number of fingers playing upon all the organ pipes of the world, and making every one sound a particular note. John Keill, against Burnet.

    Poor Peg sewed, spun, and knit for a livelihood, ’till her finger ends were sore. John Arbuthnot, Hist. of John Bull.

    Go now, go trust the wind’s uncertain breath,
    Remov’d four fingers from approaching death;
    Or seven at most, when thickest is the board. John Dryden, Juv.

    One of these bows with a little arrow did pierce through a piece of steel three fingers thick. John Wilkins, Math. Mag.

    Fool, that forgets her stubborn look
    This softness from thy finger took. Edmund Waller.

  2. To Fingerverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Go, get you gone, and let the papers lie;
    You would be fingering them to anger me. William Shakespeare.

    One that is covetous is not so highly pleased with the meer sight and fingering of money, as with the thoughts of his being considered as a wealthy man. Nehemiah Grew, Cosmol. Sac.

    His ambition would needs be fingering the scepter, and hoisting him into his father’s throne. Robert South, Sermons.

    She hath broke the lute;
    I did but tell her she mistook her frets,
    And bow’d her hand to teach her fingering. William Shakespeare.

    Not any skill’d in loops of fingering fine,
    With this so curious net-work might compare. Edmund Spenser.


  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, although some people have more or fewer than five due to congenital disorders such as polydactyly or oligodactyly, or accidental or medical amputations. The first digit is the thumb, followed by index finger, middle finger, ring finger, and little finger or pinkie. According to different definitions, the thumb can be called a finger, or not.


  1. finger

    A finger is one of the digits located on the hand of a human or animal, typically used for gripping, touching, or manipulating objects. It is composed of bones, joints, muscles, and skin, providing dexterity and fine motor skills necessary for various tasks.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fingernoun

    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. Fingernoun

    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. Fingernoun

    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. Fingernoun

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

  5. Fingerverb

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

  6. Fingerverb

    to touch lightly; to toy with

  7. Fingerverb

    to perform on an instrument of music

  8. Fingerverb

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

  9. Fingerverb

    to take thievishly; to pilfer; to purloin

  10. Fingerverb

    to execute, as any delicate work

  11. Fingerverb

    to use the fingers in playing on an instrument

  12. Etymology: [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.

Editors Contribution

  1. finger

    A type of limb on a human being and specific animals.

    Human beings have fingers and monkeys do too.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 25, 2020  

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  1. Finger

    of maxilla, is the digitus, q.v.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Finger is ranked #6739 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Finger surname appeared 5,004 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Finger.

    87.7% or 4,390 total occurrences were White.
    7.5% or 379 total occurrences were Black.
    2% or 100 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.3% or 68 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.7% or 37 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.6% or 30 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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

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  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

Examples of finger in a Sentence

  1. Charles Nielsen:

    Bailey Nielsen is carrying a loaded AR-15, people live in fear, terrified of that which they do not understand. Shes been shooting since she was 5 years old. She got her first deer with this weapon at 9. She carries it responsibly. She knows how not to put her finger on the trigger. We live in fear in a society that is fed fear on a daily basis.

  2. Herbert Spencer:

    A ceremony in which rings are put on the finger of the lady and through the nose of the gentleman.

  3. Melissa Brunning:

    I think the shark was in shock as much as I was ... the only way I can describe it is this immense pressure and it felt like it was shredding it off the bone, i came up and I was like, ‘I’ve lost my finger, my finger’s gone.’.

  4. Robert Jones:

    David Valadao has one vote in the distant past to point to and every other time David Valadao had a chance( to suspend the gas tax) David Valadao did not have the courage to do it on the floor in Sacramento, the reason voters have supported David( David Valadao) throughout the years -- and what they're looking for in a representative -- is somebody who's willing to stand up to their party and take the tough voters. Rudy Salas has no history of that. When tough votes come around, Rudy sticks Rudy Salas finger in the air and changes Rudy Salas vote in the dead of night. That's not leadership.

  5. Roger Kay:

    The sum of your patterns … will yield a statistically unique signature: the way you walk, where you are, the way your finger moves, etc. Depending on how it's implemented, these are all things ‘you are,’.

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