Meaning of “forefinger” in the English Dictionary

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"forefinger" in British English

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forefingernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfɔːˌfɪŋ.ɡər/ us /ˈfɔːrˌfɪŋ.ɡɚ/ also index finger

Examples from literature

  • He pointed a long forefinger at the empty glass. 
  • He was balancing a spoon on his forefinger, and smiling with quiet amusement. 
  • I'll tell you what it is, my boy, he accused, with lifted forefinger. 
  • She took it gingerly between her thumb and forefinger. 
  • She touched her red lips with the tip of her forefinger, opened her hands, and shrugged her shoulders with a sad gesture of regret. 

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

"forefinger" in American English

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forefingernoun [ C ]

us /ˈfɔrˌfɪŋ·ɡər, ˈfoʊr-/

the finger next to the thumb; index finger:

He held a tiny seed between his thumb and forefinger.

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