light-fingered

adjective
light-fin·​gered | \ ˈlīt-ˌfiŋ-gərd How to pronounce light-fingered (audio) \

Definition of light-fingered

1 : showing adroitness in stealing or a tendency to steal especially by picking pockets or shoplifting
2 : having a light and dexterous touch

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light-fingeredness noun

First Known Use of light-fingered

1547, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Light-fingered.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/light-fingered. Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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light-fingered

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English Language Learners Definition of light-fingered

: skillful at stealing things

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