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View synonyms for light-fingered

light-fingered

[ lahyt-fing-gerd ]

adjective

  1. skillful at or given to pilfering, especially by picking pockets; thievish.
  2. having light and nimble fingers.


light-fingered

adjective

  1. having nimble or agile fingers, esp for thieving or picking pockets


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Derived Forms

  • ˌlight-ˈfingeredness, noun

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Other Words From

  • light-fingered·ness noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of light-fingered1

First recorded in 1540–50

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Example Sentences

His swift, light-fingered touch went through the trousers and vest.

The same is true of a circus, in the wake of which light-fingered gentry are generally to be found.

Besides, light-fingered Lem Wacker was not to be trusted where things lay around loose.

Clearly not Madame Piper, for she was too fat and heavy to have any light-fingered proclivities.

Sooner than steal a 'cello, the light-fingered would button his coat over a baby white elephant and let it tusk his vitals.

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