Definition of fingertip in English:



  • The tip of a finger.

    • ‘Suddenly, she felt a few rough fingertips softly touch her arm.’
    • ‘She caught my hand and for a few seconds studied my fingertips before meeting my eyes.’
    • ‘She'd pressed her fingertips to his temples and stared into his eyes.’
    • ‘He slid it slowly through my fine hair, stroking it hesitantly with his fingertips.’
    • ‘"You haven't shaved in a while, " she said, tracing her index fingertip over the stubble.’
    • ‘I can see my breath when I breathe, I can't feel my fingertips or the tips of my toes or ears.’
    • ‘I hold my hands in front of my face, the fingertips blanching a little in the cold.’
    • ‘I raised my hand slowly to his arm and my fingertips slowly traced up his arm.’
    • ‘She suffered injuries to her shoulder and neck and lost the feeling of the fingertips in her right hand.’
    • ‘He placed his hands in front of him, fingertips touching to form a tower.’
    • ‘The muscles in his forearms tapered into strong, tanned hands and calloused fingertips.’
    • ‘His fingertips accompany the arguments, each hand movement seemingly choreographed.’
    • ‘He went up to her and placed his tender fingertips against her soft cheek.’
    • ‘As soon as I began working my fingertips higher up in the crack, I suddenly slipped off and dropped onto the rope.’
    • ‘I felt his calloused fingertips brush against my open palm.’
    • ‘As his fingertips caress my sides, I giggle softly at the ticklish sensations.’
    • ‘Smear it over the entire eyelid with your fingertips, then add black mascara and eye pencil along the upper lash line.’
    • ‘Gingerly, she extended her hand and allowed her fingertips to trace over the weals that zigzagged down his back.’
    • ‘She made an audible gasp, touching the fingertips of her other hand to the ring.’
    • ‘I wondered if I'd had a heart attack, because I couldn't feel my toes and fingertips.’


  • 1[attributive] Using or operated by the fingers.

    ‘police made a fingertip search of the area’
    ‘fingertip electronic controls’
    • ‘The technology consists of a fingertip pulse sensor that plugs into a desktop computer, along with a software program that provides students with a visual representation of what's going on inside them.’
    • ‘Dozens of police officers remained in the area to carry out a fingertip search of nearby gardens.’
    • ‘He has a soft fingertip grip, and his hand is firmly behind the ball.’
    • ‘They sealed off the two-storey block opposite Bethesda Evangelical Church as forensic scientists conducted a fingertip search.’
    • ‘The safes are constructed of 16-gauge steel and feature fingertip keypads.’
    • ‘Police sealed off surrounding streets while officers carried out a fingertip search of the area.’
    • ‘He appeared in court in a hooded white forensics suit - the type usually worn by police carrying out fingertip searches of crime scenes.’
    • ‘Police immediately cordoned off the area as forensic experts carried out fingertip searches for evidence.’
    • ‘A fingertip search of the area was also being conducted and police are still looking for the murder weapon that may have been thrown away as the killers fled.’
    • ‘Once the bleeding was under control, fingertip bandages work well to compress the injury.’
    • ‘It's as comfortable for those who use a palm grip as it is for those who prefer a fingertip hold, even after extended use.’
    • ‘It's an electronic watch with a fingertip sensor that works by reacting to a person's skin chemistry while an electronic bar graph shows if a person's response is honest or dishonest.’
    1. 1.1 Reaching to the fingertips.
      ‘the silhouette is close to the waist and flared to fingertip length’