- fingal's cave,
- finger bowl,
- finger buffet,
- finger food,
- finger gate,
- finger grass
Origin of fingered
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)
Origin of finger
Examples from the Web for fingered
His body was found after the Tsarnaev brothers were fingered as suspects in the bombings.
When they identified another man as a possible accomplice, she fingered Dekhar, who was arrested later than same October.The Mad Shooter of Paris Is a ‘Natural Born Killer’|Christopher Dickey|November 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Fingered by Prugo as the ringleader, Lee went to high school with Prugo at Indian Hills where she was voted “Best Dressed.”
But the governor also fingered videogames as a possible focus of his coming violence-control plan.In Town-Hall Meeting, Christie Counters Obama on Guns|Andrew Romano|January 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The former VP is fingered in a massive cash-for-contract scandal in the African country's oil-rich Niger Delta.
Jake smiled quaintly as he fingered the coin with deliberation.Tales of Northumbria|Howard Pease
Mavis fingered them delicately as if they were priceless treasures.A Fortunate Term|Angela Brazil
He spat a mouthful of tobacco juice into the dust and fingered the torn brim of his hat.The Voice of the People|Ellen Glasgow
The braided one fingered indecisively the broad brim of a gray sombrero.Good Indian|B. M. Bower
She fingered the papers on the dressing-table with her left hand while drying her tears with the right.Hilda Lessways|Arnold Bennett
- having a finger or fingers
- (in combination)nine-fingered; red-fingered
- 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
early 15c., "to touch or point to with the finger" (but cf. fingering from late 14c.), from finger (n.). Sense of "play upon a musical instrument" is from 1510s. The meaning "identify a criminal" is underworld slang first recorded 1930. Related: Fingered; fingering.
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