AskDefine | Define forefinger

Dictionary Definition

forefinger n : the finger next to the thumb [syn: index, index finger]

User Contributed Dictionary



From fore- + finger.


  1. In the context of "human|_|anatomy": The index finger: the first finger next to the thumb.


first finger next to the thumb

Extensive Definition

The second digit of a human hand is also referred to as the index finger, pointer finger, forefinger, trigger finger, digitus secundus, or digitus II.
It is located between the first and third digits - that is, between the thumb and the middle finger. It is usually the most dextrous and sensitive finger of the hand, though not the longest. A lone index finger often is used to represent the number 1, or when held up or moved side to side (finger-wagging), it can be an admonitory gesture. With the hand held palm out and the thumb and middle fingers touching, it represents the letter d in the American Sign Language alphabet. In sports, it can also represent victory, as some championship-winning teams raise their index finger while posing for a championship team photo.
Studies have also found that a smaller index finger compared with the ring finger indicates a better athlete. Men are 2.5 times more likely than women to have an index finger which is shorter than their ring finger, and such ratios correlate with an increased likelihood of osteoarthiritis, especially for women with such ratios.


As mentioned above, the forefinger can be used for pointing. However, this gesture is considered rude in some countries (Ukraine, for instance), and other gestures are used instead.
During the Bosnian war, Serbo-Bosnian troops raised three fingers in a sign of victory, Bosnian Croats raised the two-finger V-sign and Muslims (Bosniaks) raised one (after the strict monotheism of Islam).

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forefinger in German: Zeigefinger
forefinger in Dhivehi: ޝަހާދަތް އިގިލި
forefinger in Spanish: Dedo índice
forefinger in Esperanto: Montrofingro
forefinger in French: Index (anatomie)
forefinger in Scottish Gaelic: Sgealbag
forefinger in Italian: Indice (dito)
forefinger in Swahili (macrolanguage): Kidole cha shahada
forefinger in Latin: Index (anatomia)
forefinger in Dutch: Wijsvinger
forefinger in Japanese: 人差し指
forefinger in Norwegian: Pekefinger
forefinger in Pangasinan: Tamuro
forefinger in Polish: Palec wskaziciel
forefinger in Russian: Указательный палец
forefinger in Finnish: Etusormi
forefinger in Swedish: Pekfinger
forefinger in Telugu: చూపుడువేలు
forefinger in Turkish: İşaret parmağı
forefinger in Chinese: 食指
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