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Dream meaning: Fingernails

Fingernails in your dream can sometimes be like an animal’s claws. They may be defensive weapons.

  • If you dream of your nails falling out, it could mean that you are concerned about you ability to defend against some kind of emotional attack or aggression.
  • If you simply notice your fingernails in a dream, it could indicate that your defences are up.
  • Dreaming about taking off your own fingernails can indicate a shedding of defences that are no longer needed.

Fingernails can also represent physical beauty or glamour. In this case dreaming of your fingernails falling out might reflect fears of a loss of attractiveness.

Dreaming of chewing fingernails can represent excessive worry about some problem in real life.

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38 Personal Dreams and Interpretations so far ↓

  • David // Jan 29, 2021 at 10:18 am

    In my dream the nail of the index finger on my left had was infected so I removed the nail. Underneath that was a hollow cavity with various small maggots cleaning and eating the infected area. A person in the dream said it smelled awful. After I washed the maggots out I saw very small shells of tiny snails. They were empty and after I washed them out I noticed that the inside bottom of my finger was plastic and it was connected to a metal bone. I questioned my humanity as it was just a lie. I’m not an organic being just an android without a fingernail.

  • Chantell // Jun 14, 2020 at 1:52 pm

    I dreamed that I cut my fingernail, only in the ring finger. I cut it to the very edge till it was removed and thick blood gushed out of it. When I woke up, I could feel the numbness on my ring finger and it’s still perfectly fine.

  • Liz // May 17, 2020 at 9:11 am

    I dreamt that I pulled 6 fingernails off. No pain at all, but excessive bleeding (for real, it got all over everything). There were tattooed codes underneath the nails I removed, and I used those codes to break into an office building where I discovered and set free a race of gremlins/goblins. The nails I understand, but the office building and gremlins I do not.

  • Elsa // Feb 13, 2020 at 9:02 am

    I dreamt that I went on a family vacation and men were digging over me and then that my bfs family and myself were traveling again but while waiting everyone was freaking out throwing up, using drugs to relax but some were using it excessively. I was getting nervous about my surroundings that my nails looked terrible all long and chipped off and I think it was my middle or index finger that I could see the inside of my finger nail and there was blood but none was spilling. I could remove it and place the finger nail on again. It was a trippy dream.

  • Veroo // Sep 15, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    I had a dream I pulled all my nails off
    I had no pain no blood

  • Terri // Sep 6, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    I dreamt that all my fingernails fell off. I had just had a beautiful manicure in real life.

  • Kai // Aug 16, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    I dreamt that I pulled one of my finger nails off with no pain at all, and then just woke up. What does this mean?

  • Danice // Aug 3, 2019 at 8:28 am

    I dreamed that I slid off my finger nails for my left thumb and forefinger. There was no pain, I just saw the meat under where my fingernails were, and slightly sensitive, but that was it. I was able to slide the nail back on and off of my thumb, but my forefinger’s nail had broken.

  • Emily // Jun 16, 2019 at 8:38 am

    I had a dream last night that started with me noticing a small area near my cuticle. I pulled back near my knuckle and my entire cuticle separated from my nail. There was no pain but I remember freaking out and being extremely anxious. I went to rinse it off and the water immediately took the whole nail. Again, no pain but I was extremely anxious about it.

    I was recently told I have a complex cyst and my days have consisted of a lot of cyst thought. Always noticing the pain or whatever in that area. I’m guessing maybe I feel my body is under attack?

  • Tim // Feb 8, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    Had a dream that my fingernails got shattered, no blood or anything. Most of them partly fell off with nail stubs remaining. Underneath it was clean and a tiny bit tender like a scrape where the scab had come off. Then my nails started to grow back but the grew out the wrong side (from my finger pads.

  • Kb // Jan 29, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    Recently injured my thumb, and last night I had a dream where it was barely connected to the skin. Is this an interpretation of me being on the brink between body an soul? Because that’s what it felt like and I didn’t pull the nail off or put it back down. I just saw what was underneath it an the connection between it and my body.

  • Ellie // Jan 7, 2019 at 10:30 am

    I dreamt me sister and I offered some kittens some tuna from a can to lure them out of a home. The mother and four kittens came out to eat. They were clean, white, and fluffy but instead of cat claws they all had short human fingernails that were dark grey. I remember thinking it was very strange and noticed the nails were fixed and didn’t retract. I was afraid they would have to be euthanized. It was such a strange and vivid dream.

  • Stacey // Dec 3, 2016 at 9:39 am

    I was dreaming that all my fingernails fell off… They looked like fake nails.. But I could see the tissue behind.. I felt the pain , I would try and try to put it back together but I couldn’t

  • Sammi // Aug 20, 2016 at 7:03 am

    I had a dream that my middle finger was messed up and was having to come off anyways so I pulled it and the whole thing came off, nasty and red underneath. It was excruciatingly painful. I’m assuming that means I’m feeling under attack.

  • Sloscha // Jun 28, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    In my dream I had the same color nails I have now. But I was ripping them off with my teeth the whole nails all the way to the cuticle. I also saw myself doing this and felt like I was wondering Why I was doing it.

  • Carolyn // Jun 22, 2016 at 8:24 am

    I dreamed that I had a manicure and a pedicure with gel polish. I noticed the next day that all of the polish had fell off. I have dreamed this twice now in the last couple of weeks but have not ever had this kind of dream. I having issues with people at work.

  • Rich // Feb 23, 2016 at 4:26 am

    For the past couple of nights I dreamed that my left index fingernail was feeling funny. In the first dream I was fiddling with it and noticed it was about to come off, so I put it back. In the second dream it was really coming off so I just took it off. It didn’t feel comfortable without a nail so I put a bandaid on it. Lately I have been feeling more confident than I have for a long time, so the idea that these dreams symbolize removing defences makes sense to me right now.

  • Odette // Feb 4, 2016 at 5:59 am

    I dreamt my friend had no fingernails.

  • Autumn // Jan 23, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    I got my nails done a week ago and there are fake nails but for some reason in the past couple nights they have occurred in my dream I would feel my nail and then look at my hand and a couple of the nails would be missing it made me feel worried in the dream but when I wake up I look at my hands, and they’re still there

  • rachel // Jan 21, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    I dreamt that my acrylic nails all broke off at my finger tips on my right hand. No pain - I didn’t even realize until I looked down.

  • Jolyn // Oct 24, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    i dreamed that my 4 fingers fell off excluding my thumb. When i tried to touch a power switch, it explode and it is so dark i can’t feel any pain but when i tried to look at my hands i noticed that my fingers are gone and there is blood. I found my fingers on the floor and I tried to get all of it. I’m holding it on my hands while crying. I still cannot feel any pain but I cried a lot.

  • paul f // Sep 3, 2015 at 8:48 am

    I dreamt that a friend was cutting my finger nails and at the end cut my finger print which was painful. What can this mean?

  • Wendy A // Aug 11, 2015 at 2:51 am

    I dreamed I was sleeping over at my in laws house and was getting the beds ready. Suddenly, my right index finger nail broken close to my skin. I remember asking for a nail clipper, and noticing my other nails we’re either broken or falling off.
    I noticed other comments read they didn’t feel pain, however my index finger did hurt me.
    I find this dream translation accurate since I’m currently pregnant, and my hormones are off the roof! My spouse and I tend to have major differences while pregnant, I say this because we went through this with my last pregnancy.

  • Ryne // Jul 10, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    I dreamt that my own fingure nails were decayed and the thumb nail of the right hand actually fell off n all the rest were abt fallin off but there was no pain at all.

  • GeeJay // Apr 27, 2015 at 12:50 am

    I’m typing up my Memoirs and had to relive bad times in my life. Sometimes a particular chapter in my life would come to the surface where I recall not being assertive enough and was unable to speak out properly. I would often think now how I should’ve done things differently, but there’s no point in brooding over it. Then last night I dreamt my finger nails were coming off and I could actually see the nail bed. I was even able to remove one of my nails myself.

  • jonathon // Feb 17, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    I dreamed that I had on false nails. One came off and my real nail was coming off and there was a gouge or hole in my finger. I panicked and was trying to glue the false nail on back over the wound. I don’t believe it hurt but it’s been freaking me out all day

  • Paco // Nov 4, 2014 at 9:23 am

    My girlfriend just told me she had a dream she was pulling out just one fingernail with no pain and she was laughing yet happy because she knew another one would grow back. What does this mean?

  • patrick // Oct 15, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    I dream and saw my pastor cutting off my toe nails and also cut off a big nail on the thumb with dirty skin.

  • joey // Jun 1, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    I dreamed that I am cutting a friend’s fingernails for her. She is being hurt at some point, but she wants me to continue doing so. What does that mean?

  • Kellyrae // Feb 12, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    I dreamed that I was laying on my boyfriends lap and he was clipping my fingernails. He cut them to a nice length. We parted ways and while we were apart I was preoccupied with trying to contact him to thank him.

    I read fingernails has to do with your defenses. Maybe it means that I feel i can trust him and represents allowing myself to be vulnerable.

  • Andrea // Nov 22, 2013 at 8:28 am

    I dreamed my hands were severely burned and all my fingernails started to turn black and slide off.

  • Mariden // Jun 3, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    I dreamed that I’m clipping my right finger nails. I saw all my nails are easily removed but it doesn’t hurt.

  • bruno // Jun 8, 2012 at 1:48 am

    Ci dreamed that I had bugs crawling bugs under my fingernail. They almost seemed to be swimming around as the under skin was almost transparent. Someone from my past told me I should get it seen by a doctor.

  • Jason // Jul 22, 2011 at 1:00 am

    I dreamed that I was removing my own fingernails with my teeth. I see my hand coming to my face and one by one I remove them. When I got to the fourth finger I woke up.

  • Destiny // Jun 6, 2011 at 10:53 am

    I had a strange dream that someone or I pulled off my thumb fingernail. I panicked when I relized it didn’t hurt and when I saw the skin underneath. I tried to put my fingernail back on under the nail skin, over and over.

  • mitch // Mar 1, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    I dreamed that someone took my hand, then clipped my thumb fingernail. I looked at the one who took my hand and saw my boyfriend. I smiled. Then I looked at my thumb fingernail again, because he clipped it again but now it was so short that the skin underneath showed. I was startled by what he did but I felt no pain. I was annoyed, still, because my fingernail was now deformed.

  • andrea // Oct 22, 2010 at 8:36 am

    I dreamed that a lady threw her index and middle finger nails at me. Those two nails were longer than the rest but she just flicked them off.

  • Olga // Apr 28, 2010 at 5:25 am

    I dreamed that I had acrylic fingernails (white) and that I was taking them off by just taking them with my other hand and pulling them off. It did not hurt at all, it just seem natural as if they were just coming off really easy. The nails below were good looking too.

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