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1. Having quick and nimble fingers.
2. Skilled at or given to petty thievery.

light′-fin′gered·ness n.


having nimble or agile fingers, esp for thieving or picking pockets
ˌlight-ˈfingeredness n


1. skillful at or given to pilfering, esp. by picking pockets; thievish.
2. having light and nimble fingers.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.light-fingered - 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 playwright of the era"- Time
adroit - quick or skillful or adept in action or thought; "an exceptionally adroit pianist"; "an adroit technician"; "his adroit replies to hecklers won him many followers"; "an adroit negotiator"


adjective thieving, stealing, dishonest, crafty, crooked (informal), pinching (informal), sly, furtive, shifty, underhand, pilfering Which goods are most often targeted by light-fingered customers?


[ˈlaɪtˈfɪŋgəd] ADJcon las manos muy largas
to be light-fingeredtener las manos muy largas, ser muy amigo de lo ajeno


[ˈlaɪtˈfɪŋgəd] adjlesto/a di mano


(lait) adjective
1. easy to lift or carry; of little weight. I bought a light suitcase for plane journeys.
2. easy to bear, suffer or do. Next time the punishment will not be so light.
3. (of food) easy to digest. a light meal.
4. of less weight than it should be. The load of grain was several kilos light.
5. of little weight. Aluminium is a light metal.
6. lively or agile. She was very light on her feet.
7. cheerful; not serious. light music.
8. little in quantity; not intense, heavy, strong etc. light rain.
9. (of soil) containing a lot of sand.
ˈlightly adverb
ˈlightness noun
ˈlighten verb
to make or become less heavy. She lightened her suitcase by taking out several pairs of shoes; The postman's bag of parcels lightened as he went from house to house.
ˌlight-ˈfingered adjective
inclined to steal things.
ˌlight-ˈheaded adjective
dizzy and giddy.
ˌlight-ˈhearted adjective
happy and free from anxiety; not grave or serious. a light-hearted mood.
ˈlightweight adjective
light in weight. a lightweight raincoat.
get off lightly
to escape or be allowed to go without severe punishment etc.
make light of
to treat (problems etc) as unimportant.
travel light
to travel with little luggage.
References in classic literature ?
bawling in front of their booths, and yokels looking up at the tinselled dancers and poor old rouged tumblers, while the light-fingered folk are operating upon their pockets behind.
Unfortunately for the light-fingered defender his actions had been spotted by the TV cameras and he was caught red-handed.
The supermarket is increasing security amid concern light-fingered fans will try to make off with Lord of the Rings promotional material.
Then we have the light-fingered Invisible Man (Tony Curran), and Dorian Gray (Stuart Townsend) who is immortal for as long as he doesn't peep at the portrait of himself in the attic.
But Nestle did reward the light-fingered, who were secretly filmed.
Backed by a crack but light-fingered combo that includes several ex- Whiskeytowners, this preacher's kid from Tampa sounds as suitably devastated by the wicked ways of earthly love as he does grateful for the transcendence of simple grace on his closing, old-time gospel composition ``He Set Me Free.
LIGHT-FINGERED fans of celebrity gangster Dave Courtney are nicking his book from shop shelves.
It urged businesses to look out for light-fingered shoppers who will be hoping to make off with stolen goods.
Earlier this year, Gail was terrified when she caught the thief rummaging around her house, but now she agrees to pay the light-fingered intruder a visit to make him face the consequences of his crime.
And amazingly light-fingered thieves have even stolen three police bikes.
Light-fingered thieves were behind 85 per cent of incidents, costing stores pounds 16million a week - or more than pounds 2million a day.
He then discovered the light-fingered culprits had undertaken the first stages of starting the engine.