fingernail

[fing-ger-neyl]

noun

the nail at the end of a finger.
Printing. a parenthesis.

Nearby words

  1. fingerfuck,
  2. fingering,
  3. fingerless,
  4. fingerling,
  5. fingermark,
  6. fingerpick,
  7. fingerprint,
  8. fingerspell,
  9. fingerspelling,
  10. fingerstall

Origin of fingernail

Middle English word dating back to 1200–50; see origin at finger, nail

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British Dictionary definitions for fingernail

fingernail

noun

a thin horny translucent plate covering part of the dorsal surface of the end joint of each fingerRelated adjectives: ungual, ungular
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Word Origin and History for fingernail

fingernail

n.

early 13c., from finger (n.) + nail (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for fingernail

fingernail

[fĭnggər-nāl′]

n.

The nail on a finger.

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