adjective Date: 1547 1. showing adroitness in stealing or a tendency to steal especially by picking pockets or shoplifting 2. having a light and dexterous touch ; nimblelight-fingeredness noun

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  • light-fingered — thievish, 1540s, from LIGHT (Cf. light) (adj.1) + FINGER (Cf. finger) …   Etymology dictionary

  • light-fingered — [līt′fiŋ΄gərd] adj. 1. having a light, delicate touch 2. a) skillful at stealing, esp. by picking pockets b) thievish light fingeredness n …   English World dictionary

  • Light-fingered — Light fin gered (l[imac]t f[i^][ng] g[ e]rd), a. Dexterous in taking and conveying away; thievish; pilfering; addicted to petty thefts. Fuller. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • light-fingered — light fin|gered [ ,laıt fıŋgərd ] adjective someone who is light fingered often steals things …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • light-fingered — adj informal likely to steal things …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • light-fingered — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ prone to steal …   English terms dictionary

  • light-fingered — adjective having nimble fingers literally or figuratively; especially for stealing or picking pockets a light fingered burglar who can crack the combination of a bank vault Harry Hansen the light fingered thoughtfulness...of the most civilized… …   Useful english dictionary

  • light-fingered —    thieving    It indicates a propensity to lift small objects:     ... Rose and Crown public house, resorted to by all classes of light fingered gentry. (Mayhew, 1862)    An old superstition has passed into oblivion:     The baby s nails must… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • light-fingered — adjective our light fingered cashier Syn: thieving, stealing, pilfering, shoplifting, dishonest; informal sticky fingered, crooked Ant: honest …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • light-fingered — ADJ GRADED If you say that someone is light fingered, you mean that they steal things. [INFORMAL] …   English dictionary

  • light-fingered — UK [ˌlaɪt ˈfɪŋɡə(r)d] / US [ˌlaɪt ˈfɪŋɡərd] adjective someone who is light fingered often steals things …   English dictionary

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