Meaning of “finger” in the English Dictionary

"finger" in British English

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fingernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfɪŋ.ɡər/ us /ˈfɪŋ.ɡɚ/

A2 any of the long, thin, separate parts of the hand, especially those that are not thumbs:

He noticed her long delicate fingers.
I cut my finger chopping onions last night.

a part of a glove (= hand covering) that covers a finger

More examples

  • A large diamond glinted on her finger.
  • The baby gripped my finger with her tiny hand.
  • A thorn stuck in her finger.
  • He licked the chocolate off his fingers.
  • I could hear him tapping his fingers on the desk.

fingerverb [ T ]

uk /ˈfɪŋ.ɡər/ us /ˈfɪŋ.ɡɚ/

(Definition of “finger” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"finger" in American English

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fingernoun [ C ]

us /ˈfɪŋ·ɡər/

any of the long, thin parts of the hand that bend and hold things, esp. one other than the thumb:

I cut my finger when I was chopping onions.

A finger is also a part of a glove (= piece of clothing for the hand) that covers a finger.

fingerverb [ T ]

us /ˈfɪŋ·ɡər/

to touch or feel something with the fingers:

He fingered his watch nervously as he waited for the exam to begin.

slang If you finger someone, you tell the police that the person is guilty of a crime.

(Definition of “finger” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"finger" in Business English

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fingernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfɪŋɡər/ us
have/be caught with your fingers in the till

to steal money, or to be discovered to be stealing money, from the place where you work:

He was caught with his fingers in the till after management set up a covert surveillance system.

(Definition of “finger” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)