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[fawr-fing-ger, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌfɪŋ gər, ˈfoʊr-/
the first finger next to the thumb.
Also called index finger.
Origin of forefinger
late Middle English
First recorded in 1400-50, forefinger is from the late Middle English word forefyngure. See fore-, finger Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • And Andy knew that he had the life of a man under the command of his forefinger.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • To be crushed, as it were, under the tip of a forefinger was an unpleasant experience.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • Doctor taps Mr. Dibble on the eyebrow with his forefinger, and away they go.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • A young Savoyard, eighteen years old, had had his forefinger shot off.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • "Now, I'll put you in a corner," forensically shaking a forefinger at him.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • The politician solemnly pointed downwards with his forefinger.

    A Woman Intervenes Robert Barr
  • One particle which had adhered to his thumb he removed with his forefinger.

  • "Ye must pay a pinny or ilse put your forefinger in," says McCarthy.

    The Stark Munro Letters J. Stark Munro
  • He strode across the room and shook his forefinger in his victim's face.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for forefinger


the finger next to the thumb Also called index finger
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for forefinger

mid-15c., from fore- + finger (n.). So called because it is considered the first next to the thumb.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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forefinger in Medicine

forefinger fore·fin·ger (fôr'fĭng'gər)
See index finger.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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