the first finger next to the thumb.
Origin of forefinger
First recorded in 1400–50, forefinger
is from the late Middle English
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Examples from the Web for forefingers
Historical Examples of forefingers
I shut my eyes, rubbed them with my forefingers, and again let in the light.
The forefingers represent the two spouses; the hands the two families.
Bison, female: Curve the two forefingers, place them on the sides of the head, and move them several times.
Sun: Form a small circle with the forefingers and hold them toward heaven.
This is answered by the brethren with the two forefingers of the left.
British Dictionary definitions for forefingers
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.
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