One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Delicate in nature or constitution; dainty, fastidious.
2Deft or skilful with the hands; dexterous, nimble-fingered; light-fingered. Formerly in extended use: †given to cheating or stealing; dishonest; compare "light-fingered" (obsolete).
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Miles Coverdale (1488–1569), Bible translator and bishop of Exeter. From fine + fingered.
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