from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Lively in walking or running; brisk; light-footed.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Nimble or lively in walking or running; swift of foot.
- Of loose character.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
Canting words that start with L, like Lickspittle (a traitor) and light-heeled wench (one who is likely to end up on her back) and line of the old author (a dram of brandy).
The light-heeled deity saw that it was honest Tom, who asked for his lost hatchet; and accordingly he made his report to the synod.
"You will find yourself as light-heeled as you can desire for the remainder of our journey."
Some light-fingered and light-heeled poacher will win your sovereign -- you'll be the laughing-stock of all the country round, and so shall I too.
Again the light-heeled herd darted across the field, evidently hoping to escape on the opposite side, but here again they met another crafty wolf who chased them directly toward another of the pack.
Every one, except the light-heeled, light-hearted youngsters, looked grave.
To his surprise he saw that the light-heeled fop who had accompanied the king was retracing his steps in the direction of the bridge.
This jumping mania makes him feel uneasy every night, the mate goes on to explain, for fear some of the reckless and "light-heeled cusses" should make a mistake and jump over the bulwarks into the sea; the bulwarks are no higher than the plank, yet, while half the mules were found outside the plank every morning, none of them had happened to jump outside the bulwarks so far.
However, there was no indication that any such light-heeled gentry were abroad that night, and the travellers reached the little hostelry whither they were bound without any adventure.
They were by this time within a hundred feet of the bush-path; but the light-heeled Malays were close behind them.
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