[ fing-ger ]
/ ˈfɪŋ gər /


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to touch or handle something with the fingers.
to extend in or as in the shape of a finger: Landing piers finger out into the river along the city's shoreline.

Nearby words

  1. finest,
  2. finestra,
  3. finfish,
  4. finfoot,
  5. fingal's cave,
  6. finger bowl,
  7. finger buffet,
  8. finger food,
  9. finger gate,
  10. finger grass


Origin of finger

before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with German Finger, Dutch vinger, Old Norse fingr, Gothic figgrs

Related formsfin·ger·er, nounfin·ger·less, adjectivere·fin·ger, verb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for give the finger


/ (ˈfɪŋɡə) /



Derived Formsfingerer, nounfingerless, adjective

Word Origin for finger

Old English; related to Old Norse fingr, Gothic figgrs, Old High German fingar; see five, fist

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Word Origin and History for give the finger
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Medicine definitions for give the finger


[ fĭnggər ]


One of the five digits of the hand, especially one other than the thumb.

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Idioms and Phrases with give the finger

give the finger

Make an obscene gesture by closing one's fist and extending one's middle finger upward, generally interpreted as fuck you. For example, Herb has a dangerous habit of giving the finger to motorists who cut in front of him. Although from about 1890 to 1920 this term was used in the sense of “disappoint or snub someone,” that meaning seems to have died out. [Second half of 1900s]


In addition to the idiom beginning with finger

  • finger in the pie, have a

also see:

  • at one's fingertips
  • burn one's fingers
  • cross one's fingers
  • give someone the finger
  • lay a finger on
  • let slip (through the fingers)
  • not lift a finger
  • point the finger at
  • put one's finger on
  • put the finger on
  • snap one's fingers at
  • sticky fingers
  • twist around one's finger
  • work one's fingers to the bone
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