Definition of nimble-fingered in US English:



  • 1Having or showing skill with the hands; dexterous.

    ‘nimble-fingered guitar work’
    • ‘Mairead stole the show with her flamboyance and nimble fingered fiddling.’
    • ‘As a solo player and half of the Serpas Brothers, Roberto Serpas is a deft and nimble-fingered guitarist, who's equally adept on both acoustic and electric.’
    • ‘Even the low-end factories need managers and engineers as well as nimble-fingered farm girls.’
    • ‘Muscled, dark-skinned men and nimble-fingered women churn the nearby factories, paper mills, shops and food markets.’
    • ‘To western ears, his freestyle guitar instrumentals blends traditional nimble-fingered Eastern African melodies with rapid chord changes often found in jazz.’
    • ‘The nimble-fingered girls in the packing room attracted the attention of the King and Queen.’
    • ‘Surprisingly he had rather large hands but was nimble-fingered which proved invaluable in his role as a butcher and musician.’
    • ‘Two nimble-fingered artists show visitors how these crafts are created.’
    • ‘The smooth-jazz star has always earned his keep, and then some, through his nimble-fingered command of the saxophone.’
    • ‘He truly was a precocious master of the Hammond and in a light jazz setting such nimble-fingered wizardry shines out.’
    deft, adept, adroit, agile, nimble, neat, handy, able, capable, talented, skilful, skilled, proficient, accomplished, expert, experienced, practised, polished, efficient, effortless, slick, professional, masterful, masterly, impressive, finely judged, delicate
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    1. 1.1informal Prone to steal.
      ‘a nimble-fingered pickpocket’
      • ‘You, my dear old friend, have been the greatest boon to my budding nimble-fingered career, and aye, my comrade since first we met.’
      • ‘In its very first issue it portrayed the threat posed by young, nimble-fingered thieves to honest, upstanding citizens enjoying a day's outing.’
      • ‘You're going to be bumped and jostled many times while you wait in line - one of those bumps could be a nimble-fingered thief taking your cash.’
      • ‘After she was caught on camera as she made off with a 635,000 euro Cartier ring in Paris, police are desperately trying to establish the identity of the nimble-fingered woman.’
      • ‘Their only means of subsistence appear to be in theft, and in this they are said to outrival even the nimble-fingered islanders of the South Seas.’
      light-fingered, thievish, larcenous
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