Definition of “fingernail” - English Dictionary

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“fingernail” in British English

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fingernailnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfɪŋ.ɡə.neɪl/ us /ˈfɪŋ.ɡɚ.neɪl/ also nail

B2 the hard, slightly curved part that covers and protects the top of the end of a finger:

dirty fingernails
She had long red fingernails.

More examples

  • She dug her fingernails into my wrist.
  • He bites his fingernails - it's an infuriating habit.

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

“fingernail” in American English

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fingernailnoun [ C ]

us /ˈfɪŋ·ɡərˌneɪl/

the hard, smooth covering that protects the upper part of the end of a finger

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