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Jun 29, 2022
This week’s theme
Words originating in the hand

This week’s words
mainpast
openhanded
light-fingered
thumbsucker
southpaw

light-fingered
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light-fingered

PRONUNCIATION:
(lyt-FING-uhrd, LYT-fing-)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Prone to or skilled at stealing.
2. Having nimble fingers or having a light touch.

ETYMOLOGY:
From light, from Old English leoht + finger, from Old English. Earliest documented use: 1546. A synonym of the first sense is sticky-fingered.

USAGE:
“Every country has its charlatans and rogues, be they light-fingered British MPs or pork-happy American congressmen.”
Because We’re Worth It; The Economist (London, UK); Jul 12, 2014.

See more usage examples of light-fingered in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Real misanthropes are not found in solitude, but in the world; since it is experience of life, and not philosophy, which produces real hatred of mankind. -Giacomo Leopardi, poet, essayist, and philosopher (29 Jun 1798-1837)

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