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
Related formsfin·ger·er, nounfin·ger·less, adjectivere·fin·ger, verb
Examples from the Web for 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|Brin-Jonathan Butler|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
My finger burned when it touched the blossom of lead embedded in the ceramic armor.
Her abusive husband tormented their toddler to drive Walters crazy without lifting a finger—and it tragically worked.
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|Ned Eustace|October 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sure of the result, he pressed with his finger tips upon the lower end of that short piece of board.Murder at Bridge|Anne Austin
But it was too late: the finger had pulled the trigger and the ball sped true.To Leeward|F. Marion Crawford
His finger tightened on the trigger, but he caught himself in time.The Lone Ranger Rides|Fran Striker
Wishes were spaniels; he had but a finger to raise, and they fawned at his feet.The Pace That Kills|Edgar Saltus
All the seals were his, and corresponded exactly with that he wore on his finger as a ring.A Noble Queen, Vol. 3 (of 3)|Philip Meadows Taylor
British Dictionary definitions for 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)
Derived Formsfingerer, nounfingerless, adjective
Word Origin for finger
Medicine definitions for finger
Idioms and Phrases with 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