Nail Shape Meanings in Palmistry

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Did you know that that nail shape can depict character?

The nail shape and size can help to determine the character of an individual. Obviously, in most cases, the nail form depends on the fingertip type, like if it’s thick or narrow.

In some circumstances, the nail can change over time; for instance, a fan-shaped nail can develop from long term health problems or stress. However, once the problems have gone, the nail can gradually return to its former form.


A reasonable length of a nail is half the length of the top phalange. Ideally, it is neither long, short, nor bitten. The long nail, if also narrow, suggests emotional instability. A full nail shows good health, caution, and sensibility; these people tend to be kind, sympathetic and practical. If broad and long, they think things through carefully.

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A thin nail, recognised by much flesh showing either side of it, is standard on the pinkie. If all the nails are narrow, it can suggest a lack of strength or a sensitive nervous system. These people are often materialistic and afraid to take risks. If also short, emotionally immature and selfish, narrow-minded nature.

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The fuller the nail is, the healthier, stronger, open-minded and patient they are. Physiologically they would be considered to have stamina; the resilient type. A large nail, which covers the entire fingertip, however, may show a lack of common sense.

If the full nail is also very short, with a gap between the nail and fingertip, it displays a person who is quite critical of others with strong opinions and quick temper. If broad and long, they are very straightforward but open and honest.

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The oval nail is the most general shape, portraying a balanced, well-rounded character, someone who rarely becomes angry or spiteful. If it is long or pointed at the tip, physical health may not be as robust as it could be.

A large, round nail suggests someone very adaptable with a gentle and kind personality; often creative. If round and small, the person may lack physical or psychological strength.

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A small nail begins closer to the tip of the finger instead of halfway along the first phalange; they are narrow, with a lot of flesh on either side of it. People with small nails have a curious or enquiring nature; they have a sharp mind and often witty. A tiny nail, however, can depict emotional immaturity and low resistance to illness. They have a delicate constitution.

A small nail can grow more prominent in cases such as when the person changes their habits, becomes healthier, improves their confidence, or finds stability or security in their life.


The nails can become overly short from years of nailbiting. If they are very short (so short that it looks like only a half of a nail) shows a critical, uneven tempered and argumentative person. This characteristic is whether it is narrow or broad. They often bored and are tough to please. If the nail is slightly short, it merely shows a quizzical or investigating disposition.

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The fan-shaped nail is narrower at its base compared to the tip of the nail. It can suggest one of two things, on a soft hand, it indicates a lack of vitality, long-term nervousness, stress or illness. On a firm hand, it means a highly determined, but perhaps sensitive, neurotic or bad-tempered individual. If the fan-shaped nail is on the index finger, it shows stress over goals or the self. On the middle finger, worry over money or business. On the ring finger, frustration over something creative, such as an artist who can’t express their work. The pinkie, business, communication or intimacy.


A rectangle nail, if it is relatively wide, shows someone a little more cautious, they put much thought into decisions. They are a deep thinker, tolerant, sympathetic and easy going. If the nail is long, they can lack diplomacy. If the rectangle nail is narrow, it shows frail health, impatience, narrow-mindedness and someone afraid to take risks.


The square nail depicts the most robust type, with general good health and an even temper (unless it is tiny). These people are somewhat serious-minded, practical, reliable, honest and upfront. It depicts someone who is usually kind natured and intelligent.

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