I'm looking for a single word for agile, stealthy, and light fingered for a name of a skill in a game.

The only thing I could think of is the word 'finesse'.


fɪˈnɛs/ noun

  1. impressive delicacy and skill.
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    Don't go looking for ninjas, you'll never find them. – Dan Bron Dec 8 '16 at 13:48
  • How about fleet-footed, or fleet, and the like? – NVZ Dec 8 '16 at 15:05

You could go for nimbleness, as nimble means:

quick and light in motion, agile

  • Nimble doesn't really suggest stealth or being light fingered though. – terdon Dec 8 '16 at 13:54

Sounds like you're looking for sneaky, defined by the online M-W as:

marked by stealth, furtiveness, or shiftiness

This would descibe someone who can sneak into places, without being detected and, for example, steal something. I'm pretty sure I've seen a sneak skill in various games, actually.


I think the best you'll get is two out three, with @terdon's Sneaky maybe a two and a half. I like deftness if you want to focus less on the light-fingeredness.

I was looking up cat burglar as a person that embodied all three, and came across the synonym sneak thief, which has a pleasing internal rhyme and could work for the name of a skill in a game.

  • dexterous if you do want to focus on the light-fingeredness. – stevesliva Dec 8 '16 at 19:40
  • I'm in support of deft / deftness. I think it occupies a zone of meaning where the words agile, stealthy, and light-fingered often appear. (And I assume you mean the second sense of "light-fingered", from Oxford, and not related to stealing.) I also found this usage in a 1976 book by George Zollschan: "These people of the forest, moreover, are fleet of foot, deft, agile, and camouflage themselves well; they are dangerous to outsiders..." – Randy Tillman Dec 8 '16 at 20:32
  • @stevesliva, you made me think of the quote from Dr. Seuss: "Just never forget to be dexterous and deft." – Randy Tillman Dec 8 '16 at 20:39

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