[ fahyv-fing-ger ]

  1. any of certain species of potentilla having leaves of five leaflets, as Potentilla canadensis.

Origin of five-finger

before 1000; Middle English; Old English fīffingre

Words Nearby five-finger Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use five-finger in a sentence

  • To accomplish this I began with the most elementary exercises in five-finger position, using one finger at a time.

    Piano Mastery | Harriette Brower
  • The music-room resounded with five-finger improvisations and with vocalists who had little but their voices left.

    The Cup of Fury | Rupert Hughes
  • We invited the priest in and poured him out a stiff five-finger peg of neat Scotch whisky.

    Life in an Indian Outpost | Gordon Casserly
  • With it I can play the most difficult work ever written as easily as I can a five-finger exercise.

    The Pianolist | Gustav Kobb
  • I told them we ought to see the boat line up through the five-finger Rapids.

British Dictionary definitions for five-finger


  1. any of various plants having five-petalled flowers or five lobed leaves, such as cinquefoil and Virginia creeper

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