[fawr-fing-ger, fohr-]


the first finger next to the thumb.

Origin of forefinger

First recorded in 1400–50, forefinger is from the late Middle English word forefyngure. See fore-, finger
Also called index finger. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for forefinger

digit, pointer

Examples from the Web for forefinger

Contemporary Examples of forefinger

Historical Examples of forefinger

  • 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



the finger next to the thumbAlso called: index finger
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for forefinger

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

forefinger in Medicine




index finger
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