cutpurse

noun

cut·​purse ˈkət-ˌpərs How to pronounce cutpurse (audio)

Examples of cutpurse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sweet potatoes, fruit Jello, and roast pork — not turkey — would be served to all the inmates, from the lowliest cutpurse to what amounted to the celebrity wing, and its residents: Alexander Pantages, the millionaire theater magnate convicted of raping a 17-year-old dancer. Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 23 Nov. 2023 She was born in the Barbican, in about 1584, and died in Fleet Street in 1659, becoming a thief, cutpurse and fence along the way. Longreads, 8 May 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cutpurse was in the 14th century

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“Cutpurse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cutpurse. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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