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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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Examples from the web for forefinger
  • The mbira is typically played with the two thumbs stroking down and the right forefinger stroking up.
  • The strings are plucked with thumb and forefinger only and the playing has a maniacal start-and-stop quality.
  • Held up at arm's length, your forefinger blocks out more than half a degree, enough to obscure the half-degree moon.
  • Corporate profits are pinched between the forefinger of a strong yen and the thumb of higher energy prices.
  • The militants, it was rumoured, meant to cut off the inky forefinger of anyone thus marked as having disobeyed their injunction.
  • Use your thumb and forefinger to push the seeds out of each of the wedges.
  • They reported such sensations as a tingle in the left forefinger, seeing a blue flash, and hearing a low-pitched hum.
  • He sits on the side of the bed next to me and applies his fingers to a spot between the thumb and forefinger of each hand.
  • The pustule on the forefinger shews the disease in an earlier stage.
  • Fold the monofilament line over and pinch the resulting loop between your thumb and forefinger.
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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