Definitions

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  • noun Plural form of fingernail.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • And the dirt under my fingernails is from gardening, not grave-digging.

    Essay by Tess Gerritsen, author of The Apprentice and The Surgeon

  • I was going to say the same thing as Julie: the best way to trim an infant's fingernails is to put her finger in your mouth and nibble the nail off with your teeth.

    RBO Motherhood

  • And that image of a family man with blood under his fingernails is going to stay with me for a long time.

    Killer Ideas

  • Apparently, cutting baby's fingernails is sure to bring the curses of hell upon the pobrecito and condemn it to a life of ill-health.

    Bald babies

  • Some good news for the many iPhone users frustrated with the smartphone’s onscreen keyboard (my wife, with her long fingernails, is one of them).

    Past Tech Trends & Products: Technology Live Archive

  • Some good news for the many iPhone users frustrated with the smartphone’s onscreen keyboard (my wife, with her long fingernails, is one of them).

    World’s first iPhone, iPod touch stylus debuts

  • My hands were pretty calloused after all that shoveling, and my fingernails were a mess.

    Maria Rodale: Beth Terry's Plastic-free Gardening Adventure

  • As a POW the enemy pulled off all his finger nails and toe nails (his fingernails are all missing, I never saw him without shoes on so I can't vouch for his toenails being gone).

    Heroes or Villains?

  • As a POW the enemy pulled off all his finger nails and toe nails (his fingernails are all missing, I never saw him without shoes on so I can't vouch for his toenails being gone).

    Heroes or Villains?

  •  A fight so vicious I still recall my fingernails scrapping the hardwood floor as I tucked my head between my knees, fearing an actual blow was headed my way; imagining how horrid to be a battered woman with a Ph. D.

    Things I Should Have Done - #1

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  • worst word ever.

    "finger" is bad enough without the "n" directly after it. your tongue has to do a weirdness in your mouth to pronounce this. "fin. fingern. ails."

    ew.

    December 14, 2007

  • Please don't bite your fingernails dear. We've told you so many times.

    December 14, 2007

  • plus there's that subliminal reminder of hobbits stuck in the forest during inclement weather: fangornhails

    December 14, 2007

  • I haven't been keeping abreast of meteorologically-relevant arboreal hobbit digitry. I'm stuffed.

    December 14, 2007

  • Eeew.

    December 14, 2007

  • Not sure what's so objectionable about the pronunciation. Do you use the same kind of sound for both ns? For me it's /'fiŋ-gə-naɪls/. ŋ is "ng", the tongue closed at the back of the palate. A journey forward!

    December 14, 2007

  • Can't speak for anyone else, but I was objecting to the whole nail-biting, hobbit-sticking idea rather than the word itself. ;-)

    December 14, 2007