the tip or end of a finger.
a covering used to protect the end joint of a finger.


extending to the fingertips, as a coat, veil, etc.: a fingertip jacket.


    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.
    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 fingertips

Contemporary Examples of fingertips

Historical Examples of fingertips

  • "Like herself—alive to the fingertips," he thought, and then he propped it against the pier-glass.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • Dennison dug at the plate with his fingertips, but it would not come off.


    Robert Sheckley

  • The finest music, the greatest books and art, all at your fingertips.

    Cost of Living

    Robert Sheckley

  • So, may I request you to withdraw your ray-guns with two fingertips and put them on the floor?

  • She ran to it, and by raising herself on her toes was able to reach the shutter with her fingertips.


    Joseph Conrad

British Dictionary definitions for fingertips



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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

fingertips in Medicine




The extreme end or tip of a finger.
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Idioms and Phrases with fingertips


see at one's fingertips.

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