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)
- 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 Words for fingeredhandle, paw, feel, maul, palpate, fiddle, grope, meddle, manipulate, thumb, appoint, locate, tap, name, nominate, make, indicate, identify, determine, specify
Examples from the Web for fingered
Contemporary Examples of fingered
His body was found after the Tsarnaev brothers were fingered as suspects in the bombings.Web Sleuths Get It Wrong Again in Ferguson
August 15, 2014
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’
November 21, 2013
Fingered by Prugo as the ringleader, Lee went to high school with Prugo at Indian Hills where she was voted “Best Dressed.”The Real Bling Ring: Where Are They Now?
May 21, 2013
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
January 17, 2013
The former VP is fingered in a massive cash-for-contract scandal in the African country's oil-rich Niger Delta.Nigeria's Hunt for Dick Cheney
December 4, 2010
Historical Examples of fingered
Charles had said as he fingered his throat, which was patched with black and blue.Way of the Lawless
He fingered the strand on Young Pine's neck, making signs of friendship.The Trail Book
Josie fingered the contents of her purse expectantly, but Duncan hung in the wind.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
The braided one fingered indecisively the broad brim of a gray sombrero.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
As he fingered the instrument his hands seemed to have become all eyes.The Village Watch-Tower
(AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin
- 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
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