[fawr-fing-ger, fohr-]

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. 2018

Related Words for forefingers

digit, pointer

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British Dictionary definitions for forefingers


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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

forefingers in Medicine


  1. index finger
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