Signs for MATCH (FIRE)


It's the match you strike to start a fire or you lit the candle with a match as if it looks magical, at least to the eye of a caveman.

ASL sign for "match"

How do you say "match" in ASL as in to start a fire with the little stick?

Definition: A slender piece of wood, cardboard, or other flammable material tipped with a combustible substance that kindle fire when rubbed on a rough or chemically prepared surface.

Pronunciation (sign description): Dominant "T-european" hand (handshape), its dominant palm facing inward and its bent forefinger facing the non-dominant horizontal palm which faces right (orientation), dominant knuckle of the forefinger in contact with the non-dominant palm (location), dominant knuckle of the forefinger strikes the non-dominant palm upward twice (movement).

Related signs

To light up a cigarette, use a LIGHTER.

Deaf History and Art

Did you know that? Black Deaf American artist Archie Marshall (1925-2005) created eight art works in a Black History matchbook series released in 1976.

Black History matchbook
Screenshot from Brockway Kathleen's FB vlog, Feb. 3, 2021

ASL Storytelling

"The Little Match Girl" is a short story by Danish poet and author Hans Christian Andersen. It was first published in 1845. Translated into American Sign Language by Jolanta Lapiak in 2009.

Such a sad story for a Christmas Day.

Written ASL

[Note: ASL writing is not an official standard. This sign language writing remains in a state of open space to allow room for experiment, evolution, and improvement.]

ASL written for MATCH as in making fire

Written ASL digit for "MATCH". [Contributed by Todd Hicks, ASLwrite, 2019]

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