[fing-ger] /ˈfɪŋ gər/
any of the terminal members of the hand, especially one other than the thumb.
a part of a glove made to receive a finger.
the breadth of a finger as a unit of measurement; digit.
the length of a finger: approximately 4½ inches (11 cm).
Slang. an informer or spy.
something like a finger in form or use, as a projection or pointer:
a finger of land leading out into the bay; the finger on the speedometer.
any of various projecting parts of machines.
verb (used with object)
to touch with the fingers; toy or meddle with; handle.
to touch with the fingers so as to mar or spoil:
Please don’t finger the vegetables.
to pilfer; filch.
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.
burn one’s fingers, to suffer injury or loss by meddling or by acting rashly:
If you get involved in the controversy, you may burn your fingers.
give (someone) the finger, Slang. to express contempt for by or as by the obscene gesture of pointing the middle finger upward while folding the other fingers against the palm.
have a finger in the pie,
keep one’s fingers crossed, to wish for good luck or success, as in a specific endeavor:
Keep your fingers crossed that I get the job.
lay / put one’s finger on,
not lift a finger, to make not even a small attempt; do nothing:
The house was falling into ruin, but he wouldn’t lift a finger to repair it.
put the finger on, Slang. (def 12).
slip through one’s fingers,
snap one’s fingers (at), to exhibit disdain or contempt (for):
She snaps her fingers at the local gossip.
twist / wrap around one’s little finger, to exert one’s influence easily or successfully upon:
He has a remarkable talent for twisting people around his little finger.
the part of a glove made to cover a finger
something that resembles a finger in shape or function: a finger of land
Also called digit. the length or width of a finger used as a unit of measurement
a quantity of liquid in a glass, etc, as deep as a finger is wide; tot
a projecting machine part, esp one serving as an indicator, guide, or guard
burn one’s fingers, to suffer from having meddled or been rash
(Brit, informal) get one’s finger out, pull one’s finger out, to begin or speed up activity, esp after initial delay or slackness
have a finger in the pie, have one’s finger in the pie
(usually negative) lay a finger on, to harm
lay one’s finger on, put one’s finger on, to indicate, identify, or locate accurately
let slip through one’s fingers, to allow to escape; miss narrowly
(foll by an infinitive) not lift a finger, not raise a finger, not to make any effort (to do something)
point the finger at, to accuse or blame
(informal) put the finger on
twist around one’s little finger, wrap around one’s little finger, to have easy and complete control or influence over
(transitive) to touch or manipulate with the fingers; handle
(transitive) (informal, mainly US) to identify as a criminal or suspect
(intransitive) to extend like a finger
to use one’s fingers in playing (an instrument, such as a piano or clarinet)
to indicate on (a composition or part) the fingering required by a pianist, harpsichordist, etc
(transitive; usually passive) to arrange the keys of (a clarinet, flute, etc) for playing in a certain way
Old English fingor, from Proto-Germanic *fingraz (cf. Old Saxon fingar, Old Frisian finger, Old Norse fingr, Dutch vinger, German Finger, Gothic figgrs), with no cognates outside Germanic; perhaps connected with PIE *penkwe-, the root meaning “five.”
As a unit of measure (Middle English) it represents the breadth of a finger, about three-quarters of an inch. They generally are numbered from the thumb, and named index finger, fool’s finger, leech- or physic-finger, and ear-finger.
early 15c., “to touch or point to with the finger” (but cf. fingering from late 14c.), from finger (n.). Sense of “play upon a musical instrument” is from 1510s. The meaning “identify a criminal” is underworld slang first recorded 1930. Related: Fingered; fingering.
finger fin·ger (fĭng’gər)
One of the five digits of the hand, especially one other than the thumb.
butterfingers, five fingers, give five fingers to
butterfingers, five fingers, give five fingers to, give someone the finger, not lay a glove on someone, play stinky-pinky, put one’s finger on something, put the finger on someone, stand around with one’s finger up one’s ass
In addition to the idiom beginning with
- Fingers in the till
noun phrase Stealing money from one’s place of work or money for which one is responsible: caught with his fingers in the till (1974+)
[fing-ger-spel] /ˈfɪŋ gərˌspɛl/ verb (used with or without object) 1. to communicate by fingerspelling.
[fing-ger-spel-ing] /ˈfɪŋ gərˌspɛl ɪŋ/ noun 1. the communication in sign language of a word or other expression by rendering its written form letter by letter in a manual alphabet. [fing-ger-spel] /ˈfɪŋ gərˌspɛl/ verb (used with or without object) 1. to communicate by fingerspelling.
[fing-ger-stawl] /ˈfɪŋ gərˌstɔl/ noun 1. a covering used to protect a finger. /ˈfɪŋɡəˌstɔːl/ noun 1. a protective covering for a finger Also called cot, fingertip