Origin of index finger
First recorded in 1840–50
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Examples from the Web for index finger
Arrive: Clap the hands, elevating the index-finger of the right hand.
Come: Elevate the index-finger near the face, extend the hand and return it with a number of gentle jerks.
Child: Push the index-finger rapidly into the air then draw the hand back downward.
Listen: Place the open thumb and index-finger over the right ear and move them hither and thither.
Gunpowder: Rub the thumb and index-finger together repeatedly.
- the finger next to the thumbAlso called: forefinger
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- The finger next to the thumb.first finger forefinger
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