Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See index finger.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The index finger: the first finger next to the thumb.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The finger next to the thumb; the index finger.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The finger next to the thumb; the index or second digit of the hand (counting the thumb as first). See finger.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the finger next to the thumb

Etymologies

From fore- + finger. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I must tell you about my hand: you think the swelling more important than it is; the two middle fingers were much as now for some weeks before you left, but with the thumb and forefinger I could still do much; now the forefinger is as powerless and pained as the other two; that is all the difference, but a conclusive one, for one can do nothing with only a thumb!

    Letters and Memorials of Jane Welsh Carlyle

  • Make two little mittens, and two little socks with stuffed toes, remembering to stuff one sock higher than the other, as your forefinger is shorter than your middle finger, and you want your dancer to have both legs the same size.

    Harper's Young People, March 9, 1880 An Illustrated Weekly

  • Even now, five months afterwards, my forefinger is still numba queer effect for a neck wound to have.

    Homage to Catalonia

  • As we have said, he expounds himself no more, the significant forefinger is down, the eye no longer imprisons yours.

    Julia Ward Howe, 1819-1910

  • A bruise in the webbing between the thumb and the forefinger is a classic defense wound.

    Without Pity

  • This is especially true if you increase the pressure in your right thumb and forefinger, which is what usually happens.

    Find Your Own Fundamentals

  • His fingers curved into a lion's open mouth; on his forefinger was the royal ring of Troizen, with the Mother being worshipped on a pillar.

    The King Must Die

  • To refresh the sages, the cord must hang about the neck, and the water run over the side of the hand between the thumb and the forefinger, which is bent back.

    The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India Volume II

  • To make identity absolutely certain, on the forefinger was a ring of native gold, which the Dutchman always wore.

    The Mystery of the Four Fingers

  • For several days he kept expecting the religious gadfly to come buzzing about him with his sting, that is, his forefinger, stuck in the Pilgrim's Progress, and had a swashing blow ready for him; but Gibbie was beginning to learn a lesson or two, and if he was not yet so wise as some serpents, he had always been more harmless than some doves.

    Sir Gibbie

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