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forefinger

[fawr-fing-ger, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌfɪŋ gər, ˈfoʊr-/
noun
1.
the first finger next to the thumb.
Also called index finger.
Origin of forefinger
late Middle English
1400-1450
First recorded in 1400-50, forefinger is from the late Middle English word forefyngure. See fore-, finger
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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

forefinger

/ˈfɔːˌfɪŋɡə/
noun
1.
the finger next to the thumb Also called index finger
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Word Origin and History for forefinger
n.

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

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forefinger in Medicine

forefinger fore·fin·ger (fôr'fĭng'gər)
n.
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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