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[fawr-fing-ger, fohr-]
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  1. the first finger next to the thumb.
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Origin of forefinger

First recorded in 1400–50, forefinger is from the late Middle English word forefyngure. See fore-, finger
Also called index finger.
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  • And Andy knew that he had the life of a man under the command of his forefinger.

  • To be crushed, as it were, under the tip of a forefinger was an unpleasant experience.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • Doctor taps Mr. Dibble on the eyebrow with his forefinger, and away they go.

  • A young Savoyard, eighteen years old, had had his forefinger shot off.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • "Now, I'll put you in a corner," forensically shaking a forefinger at him.

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens

British Dictionary definitions for forefinger


  1. the finger next to the thumbAlso called: index finger
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Word Origin and History for forefinger


mid-15c., from fore- + finger (n.). So called because it is considered the first next to the thumb.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

forefinger in Medicine


  1. index finger
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