Definition of fingernail in US English:



  • The flattish horny part on the upper surface of the tip of each finger.

    • ‘The fingernails on my right hand are long and the fingernails on my left hand are short.’
    • ‘It stuck under her fingernails and blocked her windpipe and made her sneeze and splutter and cough.’
    • ‘He scratched at his armrest with his fingernails like they were claws, cracking his knuckles.’
    • ‘The baby grows fine hair, fingernails and teeth, and the eyes open and close.’
    • ‘In fact, he has quite elegant, long fingers and perfectly manicured fingernails.’
    • ‘The Egyptian barber was also a manicurist, using a razor to trim the fingernails of clients.’
    • ‘Her nail varnish is applied patchily, on bitten fingernails and bitten toenails.’
    • ‘Her fingernails and toenails were manicured and her toenails had been painted with gold nail varnish.’
    • ‘Use the back of your fingernail on your index finger to part and lift a new section of hair to the left of the braid.’
    • ‘She was experimenting with a hot pink on her toe nails and lime green on her fingernails.’
    • ‘One of Renee's eyebrows twitched and she began to tap a solitary fingernail onto the table.’
    • ‘The woman had flung herself against the locked door, clawing at the wood with her fingernails.’
    • ‘I examined a small callous on the middle finger of my left hand, right underneath my fingernail.’
    • ‘She dug her fingernails into his wrists in an attempt to free herself from his grip.’
    • ‘I sat at the kitchen table, scraping off some dried up stuff on the glass surface with my fingernail.’