[ fing-ger-ling ]
/ ˈfɪŋ gər lɪŋ /
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a young or small fish, especially a very small salmon or trout.
something very small.



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Origin of fingerling

First recorded in 1400–50, and in 1825–30 for def. 2; late Middle English: literally, “covering for a finger, fingerstall”; see origin at finger, -ling1
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  • The fingerling rose, with a jerk, from the water, and was no more seen.

    The Watchers of the Trails|Charles G. D. Roberts
  • There were infant big-mouthed bass in the lake and fingerling trout in many of the streams.

    Operation Terror|William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • Once, near the other side, he saw a misguided fingerling dart from under a stone in the shallow water and seize the gay morsel.

    The Watchers of the Trails|Charles G. D. Roberts

British Dictionary definitions for fingerling

/ (ˈfɪŋɡəlɪŋ) /


a very young fish, esp the parr of salmon or trout
a diminutive creature or object
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