Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A pickpocket.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A thief who steals from others' purses or pockets in public.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who cuts purses for the sake of stealing them or their contents (an act common when men wore purses fastened by a string to their girdles); one who steals from the person; a pickpocket.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who cuts purses for the sake of stealing their contents (a practice said to have been common when men wore purses at their girdles); hence, a pickpocket.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a thief who steals from the pockets or purses of others in public places

Etymologies

From cut +‎ purse. (Wiktionary)

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