Meaning of FINGER in English


I. ˈfiŋ-gər noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German fingar finger

Date: before 12th century

1. : any of the five terminating members of the hand : a digit of the forelimb ; especially : one other than the thumb


a. : something that resembles a finger

a narrow finger of land

b. : a part of a glove into which a finger is inserted

c. : a projecting piece (as a pawl for a ratchet) brought into contact with an object to affect its motion

3. : the breadth of a finger

4. : interest , share — often used in the phrase have a finger in the pie

5. : bird 10 — usually used with the

• fin·ger·like -ˌlīk adjective

II. verb

( fin·gered ; fin·ger·ing -g(ə-)riŋ)

Date: 15th century

transitive verb

1. : to touch or feel with the fingers


a. : to play (a musical instrument) with the fingers

b. : to play (as notes or chords) with a specific fingering

c. : to mark the notes of (a music score) as a guide in playing

3. : to point out : identify

4. : to extend into or penetrate in the shape of a finger

intransitive verb

1. : to touch or handle something


a. : to use the fingers in playing a musical instrument

b. : to have a certain fingering — used of a musical instrument

3. : to extend in the shape or manner of a finger

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.