Meaning of FINGER in English


/ ˈfɪŋgə(r); NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun


one of the four long thin parts that stick out from the hand (or five, if the thumb is included) :

She ran her fingers through her hair.

Hold the material between finger and thumb.

He was about to speak but she raised a finger to her lips.

—see also butterfingers , forefinger , green fingers , index finger , little finger , middle finger , ring finger


-fingered (in adjectives) having the type of fingers mentioned; having or using the number of fingers mentioned :



a four-fingered chord

—see also light-fingered


the part of a glove that covers the finger


finger (of sth) a long narrow piece of bread, cake, land, etc. :

a finger of toast

chocolate fingers

—see also fish finger


- the finger of suspicion

- get, pull, etc. your finger out

- give sb the finger

- have a finger in every pie

- have, etc. your fingers in the till

- have / keep your finger on the pulse (of sth)

- lay a finger on sb

- not put your finger on sth

- put / stick two fingers up at sb

- work your fingers to the bone

—more at burn verb , count verb , cross verb , lift verb , point verb , slip verb , snap verb , sticky , thumb noun

■ verb [ vn ]


to touch or feel sth with your fingers :

Gary sat fingering his beard, saying nothing.


finger sb (for sth) | finger sb (as sth) ( informal , especially NAmE ) to accuse sb of doing sth illegal and tell the police about it :

Who fingered him for the burglaries?



Old English , of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vinger and German Finger .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.