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[fawr-fing-ger, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌfɪŋ gər, ˈfoʊr-/
the first finger next to the thumb.
Also called index finger.
Origin of forefinger
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English forefyngure. See fore-, finger Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He tapped once with the knuckle of his forefinger, gently, like a little mouse.

    Great Opera Stories Millicent Schwab Bender
  • He poked the beads to the needle's tip with the forefinger of his left.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • She stood there, with the keys on her forefinger, the picture of perplexity and concern.

    The Guinea Stamp Annie S. Swan
  • With her forefinger she idly traced some hieroglyphics on her lap.

    The Right Knock Helen Van-Anderson
  • Looking down he saw the lady's hand resting upon his knee, and he straightway utilized the forefinger of his vis-a-vis.

  • Ferguson's eyes narrowed and he leveled a forefinger at his patient.

    Owen Clancy's Happy Trail Burt L. Standish
  • In a narrow little fissure, just within reach of my forefinger, I felt the chain.

    The Moonstone Wilkie Collins
  • He held it between his thumb and forefinger while the ink dried.

    IT and Other Stories Gouverneur Morris
  • She located the stage-line terminal on the map, and ran her forefinger over the route.

    North of Fifty-Three Bertrand W. Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for forefinger


the finger next to the thumb Also called index finger
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for forefinger

mid-15c., from fore- + finger (n.). So called because it is considered the first next to the thumb.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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forefinger in Medicine

forefinger fore·fin·ger (fôr'fĭng'gər)
See index finger.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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