light-fin·​gered ˈlīt-ˌfiŋ-gərd How to pronounce light-fingered (audio)
: showing adroitness in stealing or a tendency to steal especially by picking pockets or shoplifting
: having a light and dexterous touch
light-fingeredness noun

Word History

First Known Use

1546, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of light-fingered was in 1546

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“Light-fingered.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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