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)
- fingal's cave,
- finger bowl,
- finger buffet,
- finger food,
- finger gate,
- finger grass
- 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
Examples from the Web for fingers
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
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
Pinch it with your fingers until it makes large crumbles and distribute it on the berries (it will not cover them entirely).The Barefoot Contessa Knows How To Make Us Crumble|Ina Garten|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The drain clogs in the shower every few days, and the clump of tangled brown hair is springy between my fingers.Birth Control Made My Hair Fall Out, and I’m Not the Only One|Molly Oswaks|October 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“In a perfect world, we snap our fingers and our problems go away,” Colter says.‘The Good Wife’ Star Mike Colter Defends Lemond Bishop’s Killer Instincts|Kevin Fallon|September 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I was told that the bones were not replaced but that sticks were inserted to maintain the fingers in proper shape.
"He's bes' joke yet," Strong remarked through Rex's fingers.A Good Samaritan|Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews
Hold hands, palms upward, well down in front, fingers and thumbs well separated and slightly curved; separate hands slightly.Indian Scout Talks|Charles A. Eastman
It is in excellent preservation; the only parts which are wanting are the fingers of the right hand and the object which it held.A History of Art for Beginners and Students|Clara Erskine Clement
When they reach the mud, these fingers grow down into it and form a new supporting root to the tree.The Romance of Plant Life|G. F. Scott Elliot
- 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
early 15c., "to touch or point to with the finger" (but cf. fingering from late 14c.), from finger (n.). Sense of "play upon a musical instrument" is from 1510s. The meaning "identify a criminal" is underworld slang first recorded 1930. Related: Fingered; fingering.
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