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cutpurse

[ kuht-purs ]

noun

  1. Older Use. a pickpocket.
  2. (formerly) a person who steals by cutting purses from the belt.


cutpurse

/ ˈkʌtˌpɜːs /

noun

  1. an archaic word for pickpocket


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Word History and Origins

Origin of cutpurse1

First recorded in 1325–75, cutpurse is from the Middle English word cutte-purs. See cut, purse

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Example Sentences

Feb. 10th, at two after none I toke a cutpurse taking my purse out of my pocket in the Temple.

Here and there, a cutpurse slunk through the crowd, seeking his own type of bargain—an unwary victim.

A Cutpurse is of the surest trade; for his work is no sooner done, but he hath his money in his hand.

The light-fingered art must have degenerated in Toledo since the day of that clever cutpurse of the "Exemplary Tales."

Moll Cutpurse, whose intelligence and audacity were never bettered, was among the bravest of the Elizabethans.

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