verb (used with object)
- to play on (an instrument) with the fingers.
- to perform or mark (a passage of music) with a certain fingering.
- to inform against or identify (a criminal) to the authorities: He fingered the man who robbed the bank.
- to designate as a victim, as of murder or other crime.
verb (used without object)
- to have an interest or share in something.
- to meddle in something.
- to indicate exactly; remember: I know the name, but I can't put my finger on it.
- to discover; locate: I haven't been able to lay my finger on the book you requested.
- to elude one, as an opportunity not taken; escape: She let the chance of a lifetime slip through her fingers.
- to pass or be consumed quickly: Money just slips through his fingers.
Origin of finger
Examples from the Web for finger
Contemporary Examples of finger
A whole population of 11 million with every iron in the fire doubling as a finger in a dike.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind
December 19, 2014
Orwell put his finger on the core problem years before he wrote 1984.Digital Doublethink: Playing Truth or Dare with Putin, Assad and ISIS
Christopher Dickey, Anna Nemtsova
November 16, 2014
My finger burned when it touched the blossom of lead embedded in the ceramic armor.I Shot Bin Laden
November 16, 2014
Her abusive husband tormented their toddler to drive Walters crazy without lifting a finger—and it tragically worked.The Worst Question for Abuse Victims
October 20, 2014
I saw a woman collapse on the street and no one, including me, raised a finger to help.In Sierra Leone, the Plague Is Closing in Around Us
October 13, 2014
Historical Examples of finger
Had his fist in my face before I could get my finger on the trigger.Way of the Lawless
She must not put even a finger out of the cellar-door all day.Weighed and Wanting
Ah, by my finger bones, there is my sweet Mary from the Priory Mill!The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
He ran his finger around his collar—an old gesture; but the collar was very loose.
She stood looking down, twisting her ring around her finger.
- any of the digits of the hand, often excluding the thumbTechnical name: digitus manus
- (as modifier)a finger bowl
- (in combination)a fingernail Related adjective: digital
- to have an interest in or take part in some activity
- to meddle or interfere
- to inform on or identify, esp for the police
- to choose (the victim or location of an intended crime)
Word Origin for finger
Old English fingor, from Proto-Germanic *fingraz (cf. Old Saxon fingar, Old Frisian finger, Old Norse fingr, Dutch vinger, German Finger, Gothic figgrs), with no cognates outside Germanic; perhaps connected with PIE *penkwe-, the root meaning "five."
As a unit of measure (Middle English) it represents the breadth of a finger, about three-quarters of an inch. They generally are numbered from the thumb, and named index finger, fool's finger, leech- or physic-finger, and ear-finger.
In addition to the idiom beginning with finger
- finger in the pie, have a
- at one's fingertips
- burn one's fingers
- cross one's fingers
- give someone the finger
- lay a finger on
- let slip (through the fingers)
- not lift a finger
- point the finger at
- put one's finger on
- put the finger on
- snap one's fingers at
- sticky fingers
- twist around one's finger
- work one's fingers to the bone