- noting or pertaining to errors made by hitting the wrong key or button on a keyboard, keypad, or number pad: fat-finger dialing errors; a large number of typos evidencing the fat-finger syndrome.
- to make an error in or on (something) by hitting the wrong key or button: I must have fat-fingered my username. You can easily fat-finger the tiny keyboard on this device.
Origin of fat-finger
First recorded in 2000–05; so called from using the thumb to type, or accidentally hitting two keys with one finger
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- to make a mistake by pressing the wrong key on a keyboard or number pad
- to make an error that causes further problems