ASL signs for NUMBER

How do you say 'number' in American Sign Language? Here is how plus some links to the pages to learn how to tell a number and practice number signs in ASL.

Meaning: A word or symbol (such as “five” or “16”) that represents a specific amount or quantity.

Pronunciation (sign description): Two "flat O" hands with fingertips and thumbs of both hands are in contact with dominant hand slightly backward while the non-dominant slightly forward. Fingertips of both disconnected while the hands rotate once at the wrists in the opposite direction and then fingertips of both hands touch each other again.

Usage examples: "phone number".

Related sign words

Related signs: SYMBOL, QUOTA.

Opposite: ALPHABET, ABCs.


For beginners, learn how to count cardinal numbers from 1 to 100 in ASL. In ASL numbers, the number system is one-handed, using fingers and thumb.

Feeling a bit savvy beyond the beginner level? Try 100 to 1000s.

The post highlights a time lapse of child acquiring basic numbers and count in sign language from baby to preschool age.

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Basic word starters: hello / learn / ASL / sign language / alphabet / love / I love you / please / thank you / welcome...

Search Tips and Pointers

Search/Filter: Enter a keyword in the filter/search box to see a list of available words with the "All" selection. Click on the page number if needed. Click on the blue link to look up the word. For best result, enter a partial word to see variations of the word.

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Alphabetical letters: It's useful for 1) a single-letter word (such as A, B, etc.) and 2) very short words (e.g. "to", "he", etc.) to narrow down the words and pages in the list.

For best result, enter a short word in the search box, then select the alphetical letter (and page number if needed), and click on the blue link.

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Don't forget to click "All" back when you search another word with a different initial letter.

If you cannot find (perhaps overlook) a word but you can still see a list of links, then keep looking until the links disappear! Sharpening your eye or maybe refine your alphabetical index skill. :)

Add a Word: This dictionary is not exhaustive; ASL signs are constantly added to the dictionary. If you don't find a word/sign, you can send your request (only if a single link doesn't show in the result).

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ASL has its own grammar and structure in sentences that works differently from English. For plurals, verb inflections, word order, etc., learn grammar in the "ASL Learn" section. For search in the dictionary, use the present-time verbs and base words. If you look for "said", look up the word "say". Likewise, if you look for an adjective word, try the noun or vice versa. E.g. The ASL signs for French and France are the same. If you look for a plural word, use a singular word.