little finger


  • A little girl, held by a woman, reaches a finger towards falling snowflakes
    A little girl, held by a woman, reaches a finger towards falling snowflakes
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n little finger the finger farthest from the thumb
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Hostess Twinkies were invented in 1931 by James Dewar, manager of Continental Bakeries' Chicago factory. He envisioned the product as a way of using the company's thousands of shortcake pans which were otherwise employed only during the strawberry season. Originally called Little Shortcake Fingers, they were renamed Twinkie Fingers, and finally "Twinkies."
    • Little finger the fourth and smallest finger of the hand.
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  • William Hazlitt
    “The smallest pain in our little finger gives us more concern than the destruction of millions of our fellow beings.”
  • Sigmund Freud
    “It might be said of psychoanalysis that if you give it your little finger it will soon have your whole hand.”
  • William Hazlitt
    “The least pain in our little finger gives us more concern and uneasiness than the destruction of millions of our fellow-beings.”


In literature:

Rosemary detached her clutching little fingers and went back for Sarah.
"Rainbow Hill" by Josephine Lawrence
Perhaps Eve's confused senses mistook the young man for a vision; for she lay very still, nor stirred even her little finger.
"The Flaming Jewel" by Robert W. Chambers
Silas had pinched her little finger.
"The Ghost Girl" by H. De Vere Stacpoole
She'll turn you round her little finger.
"The Hero" by William Somerset Maugham
The glove was lying there, pointing with its little finger at the tree.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
He could turn le pere Brossard round his little finger, and Merovee too.
"The Martian" by George Du Maurier
There was a little dark mole upon the third finger.
"The Fifth Queen Crowned" by Ford Madox Ford
She fingered the hem of the cloak wrapped about the young Mother, but she could not bring herself to touch the little Child.
"Christmas Light" by Ethel Calvert Phillips
Then he glanced right and left, a thumb and finger in the breast-pocket of his jacket, feeling for a worn little pigskin purse.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
On the little finger was blazing an enormous diamond.
"Tatterdemalion" by John Galsworthy
With a scream of terror, Bessie was darting away, but waxen fingers seized her tender little arm, closing tightly upon it.
"Harper's Young People, January 6, 1880" by Various
With her own little fingers digging persistently into the tensed muscles, she pried the fist open.
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower
Jinnie pulled this tender member from Peggy's fingers with a delighted little chuckle.
"Rose O'Paradise" by Grace Miller White
He held the latter clutched close to the point by his stubby little fingers.
"The Prairie Child" by Arthur Stringer
The infant spread its little fingers.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
If the King seeks your hand in marriage, I will not raise a little finger against him.
"The Traitors" by E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim
A man, a little child, might crush one to death between a thumb and finger.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science July 1930" by Various
In her haste she left her little finger in the magpie's nest, but there was no time to go back and get it.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
She stuck out her little hard-worked fingers, and he put the gold ring on the third finger of the left hand.
"Fairy Tales from the German Forests" by Margaret Arndt
Its little finger was gone.
"Stories by American Authors, Volume 8" by Various

In poetry:

As bright as blessed sunlight ray
The past comes back to me;
Her fingers turn the sacred page
For a little group of tender age
Who gather at her knee.
"My Mother's Hand" by Hattie Howard
Hunger points a bony finger
To the workhouse on the hill,
But the little children linger
While there's flowers to gather still
For my sunny window sill.
"The Little Children" by Francis Ledwidge
It came--with groping lips
And little fingers stealing aimlessly
About my heart.
I was like one who slips
A-sudden into Ecstasy
And thinks ne'er to depart.
"The Child God Gave" by Cale Young Rice
O Jeany, dinna toss your head,
An set your beauties a' abread!
Ye little ken what cursed speed
The blastie's makin!
Thae winks an finger-ends, I dread,
Are notice takin!
"To A Louse" by Robert Burns
Thou shalt not wash the dishes, nor yet feed the swine!--
O I'll dapple thy hands with these kisses of mine
Till the pink of the nail of each finger shall be
As a little pet blush in full blossom for me.
"Curly Locks" by James Whitcomb Riley
And evermore I’m whistling or lilting what you sung,
Your smile is always in my heart, your name beside my tongue;
But you’ve as many sweethearts as you’d count on both your hands,
And for myself there’s not a thumb or little finger stands.
"Lovely Mary Donnelly" by William Allingham

In news:

Now, 5 year-old Summer Gutierrez's hand is wrapped up in bandages since that little finger had to be amputated by doctors, her father Adrian Gutierrez, remembers that night very vividly.
Where can you find seven dogs sitting quietly, amid poking little fingers and crowing roosters.
Violinist Tasmin Little has the fingers to play anything and the career to play almost anywhere.
Little fingers and little toes will soon be a common sight at Swedish/Issaquah hospital.
In the past few weeks, I tried to put my finger on why the recent discussion of foods produced from animal cloning has me a little queasy.
My little girl soon will be 5, and right now her favorite app on my iPhone is a little doodle program that allows her to sketch with her finger.
Tulsa musician Little Joe McLerran's specialty is finger-picking Piedmont-style blues - he's played it as long as he can remember.
Kim Kardashian donned a huge sparkling ring on her little finger in Miami sparking rumours she is engaged .
National Trails Day will have a little extra significance for the Finger Lakes Trail this year.
After the Knick's let Jeremy Lin go, little Naim was running around his house crying with his Linsanity finger.
Katie Couric was a little quick with her Twitter finger Saturday.
Stiff Little Fingers, CunninLynguists, The Nubians, System of a Down.
Lucio Calina Jr.'s got more entrepreneurship in his little finger than most people have in their entire households.
Little's Finger Lakes analysis: April 30.
Teen who shot, killed mother: 'I was pretending just moving my finger a little bit'.

In science:

In piano playing, it will be very difficult and of little sense to increase only the magnitude of the force without increasing the finger’s pressing speed.
Analysis on the relations between piano touch and tone