- Older Use. a pickpocket.
- (formerly) a person who steals by cutting purses from the belt.
Origin of cutpurse
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Examples from the Web for cutpurse
He excludes "the insolence of office," and "the cutpurse of the empire and the rule."
The pickpocket plied his trade, only he was then a cutpurse.The History of London
I feel as if only to think of it were lowering myself to the level of some cutpurse.The King's Esquires
George Manville Fenn
Some apprentices had caught a cutpurse in the crowd, and were beating him unmercifully.Master Skylark
He tickles his ears with a straw, and while he is pleased with scratching it, picks his pocket, as the cutpurse served Bartl.
- an archaic word for pickpocket
Word Origin and History for cutpurse
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