Origin of finish

1300–50; Middle English finisshen < Anglo-French, Middle French finiss-, long stem of finir < Latin fīnīre to end. See fine1
Related formsfin·ish·er, nounnon·fin·ish·ing, adjective, nounpre·fin·ish, verb (used with object), noun
Can be confusedFinnish finish

Synonym study

13. See end1.
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British Dictionary definitions for finishing (1 of 2)

finishing

/ (ˈfɪnɪʃɪŋ) /

noun

football the act or skill of goal scoringBrattbakk's finishing is deadly

British Dictionary definitions for finishing (2 of 2)

finish

/ (ˈfɪnɪʃ) /

verb (mainly tr)

noun

Word Origin for finish

C14: from Old French finir, from Latin fīnīre see fine 1
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Idioms and Phrases with finishing

finish


see from soup to nuts (start to finish); in at the death (finish).

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