forefinger

[ fawr-fing-ger, fohr- ]
/ ˈfɔrˌfɪŋ gər, ˈfoʊr- /
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noun

the first finger next to the thumb.

Nearby words

  1. foreface,
  2. forefather,
  3. forefathers' day,
  4. forefeel,
  5. forefend,
  6. forefoot,
  7. forefront,
  8. foregather,
  9. foregift,
  10. foreglimpse

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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British Dictionary definitions for forefingers

forefinger

/ (ˈfɔːˌfɪŋɡə) /

noun

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

forefinger

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for forefingers

forefinger

[ fôrfĭng′gər ]

n.

index finger

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