1. extending to the fingertips, as a coat, veil, etc.: a fingertip jacket.
  1. at one's fingertips,
    1. close at hand; easily or immediately available.
    2. at one's command or disposal, as recall of factual information: He has the answer at his fingertips.
  2. to one's fingertips, thoroughly; perfectly: She was a politician to her fingertips.

Origin of fingertip

First recorded in 1835–45; finger + tip1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for fingertip

Contemporary Examples of fingertip

Historical Examples of fingertip

  • For all apparent purposes it was like having a lightning bolt in your fingertip.


    Harry Harrison

  • He placed his fingertip on the large circle, and said, "Heat star!"

    The Martian

    Allen Glasser

  • Blumberg smiled at the other, and tapped his own head three times with his fingertip.

    The Martian

    Allen Glasser

  • The normal nail should extend to an even level with the fingertip.

    Pedagogical Anthropology

    Maria Montessori

  • Colonel Fraser paused to tamp down the tobacco in his pipe with a fingertip.

British Dictionary definitions for fingertip


  1. the end joint or tip of a finger
  2. another term for fingerstall
  3. at one's fingertips readily available and within one's mental grasp
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Word Origin and History for fingertip

1824, from finger (n.) + tip (n.). Related: Fingertips.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

fingertip in Medicine


  1. The extreme end or tip of a finger.
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