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 fingerless
He turned the page and ran his fingerless knuckles down the closely-written columns.
He drummed on the ledger with his fingerless hand adding: “I pay him very badly, but he thinks it a good bargain.”
Then Morris put on a pair of fingerless, brown-skin gloves to keep his delicate paws from blistering, and we started again.Through Arctic Lapland|Cutcliffe Hyne
His last thought was of his Mauser, and he pressed it against his chest with his folded, fingerless hands.The House of Pride|Jack London
If you were not only blind but fingerless, there was a talking edition that read itself aloud to you from tape.The Syndic|C.M. Kornbluth
Fingerless gloves of sealskin and chamois, with an inside lining of sheepskin and at the wrists bordered with long-haired fur.The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II|A.E. Nordenskieold
An old-fashioned calico dress with a bright red sash and fingerless gloves finished the costume.The Seven Sleuths' Club|Carol Norton
British Dictionary definitions for fingerless
- 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 fingerless
Idioms and Phrases with fingerless
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