An example of finger is to identify a criminal in a police lineup.
An example of a finger is your pinkie finger.
An example of a finger is one slender part of a glove.
- The breadth of a finger (34 inch to 1 inch), as in measuring whiskey in a glass.
- (now rare) The length of a man's middle finger (about 412 inches)
An example of to finger is to run your hands along a coat at a store.
- To hope for a successful or advantageous outcome.
- To locate; find:We haven't been able to lay a finger on those photos.
- To remember; recall:I know his name; I just can't put my finger on it.
- To dominate utterly and effortlessly.
- to cause oneself trouble by being too inquisitive, meddlesome, etc.
- to express anger, contempt, etc. for someone by gesturing vulgarly with the middle finger held upright from a clenched fist
- to help do something; participate
- to be meddlesome
- to be hoping that something happens in a certain way
- to make even the slightest effort
- to accuse or blame
- to indicate or ascertain exactly
- to identify as for the police; inform on
- to indicate as the place to be robbed, victim to be killed, etc.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of finger
- Middle English from Old English penkwe in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition