- 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.
Idioms about finger
- to have an interest or share in something.
- to meddle in something.
- 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
OTHER WORDS FROM fingerfin·ger·er, nounfin·ger·less, adjectivere·fin·ger, verb
How to use finger in a sentence
We haven't had any real fan reaction yet, but our collective fingers are crossed.‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS|Marlow Stern|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
But his fingers moved through her silky strands of hair, and then down her neck.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’|Asawin Suebsaeng|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“The dress is just fishnet and crystals and a couple fingers crossed,” Selman told Style.com of the dress.What, and Who, You'll Be Wearing in 2015|Justin Jones|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
With senility's fingers at his throat, it was clear that no more movies were going to be made.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Patrons eat their cannoli slowly and deliberately, dabbing the powdered sugar on their plates with licked fingers.De Robertis, a New York Great, Bids Farewell|Lizzie Crocker|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Again the sallow fingers began to play with the book-covers, passing from one to another, but always slowly and gently.
The fingers of all the clocks in the house were revolving with the most extraordinary rapidity--she was helpless.Hilda Lessways|Arnold Bennett
Lamb with shaking fingers places the required amount in front of him.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
Now and then he touched one with his long and sallow fingers, lifted its cover, then let it drop mechanically.
She was putting her papers tidy again with calm fingers, while his own were almost cramped with the energy of suppressed desire.The Wave|Algernon Blackwood
British Dictionary definitions for finger
- 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 forms of fingerfingerer, nounfingerless, adjective
Word Origin for finger
Other Idioms and Phrases with 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