pickpocket

noun
pick·​pock·​et | \ ˈpik-ˌpä-kət How to pronounce pickpocket (audio) \

Definition of pickpocket

: a thief who picks pockets

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Barcelona has long been considered a safe city, except for a persistent problem of pickpockets who target the large number of foreigners flooding the city each summer. Washington Post, "Tourist hotspot Barcelona sees a spike in muggings," 24 Aug. 2019 Iris befriends an adorable little pickpocket straight from the imagination of Charles Dickens — and there's Dickens himself, railing in the newspaper against the pre-Raphaelites. Ron Charles, Dallas News, "'The Doll Factory' is a page-turning Victorian thriller," 13 Aug. 2019 BatesWatch: Bates forges a letter and saves the monarchy with his pickpocket skills. Tom Fitzgerald And Lorenzo Marquez, Town & Country, "The 10 Best Downton Abbey Episodes," 8 Aug. 2019 BatesWatch: Bates forges a letter and saves the monarchy with his pickpocket skills. Tom Fitzgerald And Lorenzo Marquez, Town & Country, "The 10 Best Downton Abbey Episodes," 8 Aug. 2019 According to police, in Saturday’s incident, one pickpocket dropped pamphlets in front of the victim, who stopped to help gather them. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Pickpocket team takes wallet near Union Station, D.C. police say," 13 July 2019 Police provided only a sketchy description of the pickpockets, saying both were male and one appeared to be 35 to 45. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Pickpocket team takes wallet near Union Station, D.C. police say," 13 July 2019 With the traffic, pollution, balky public transportation and risk of pickpockets, this would not be a relaxing trip. Shelly Rivoli, latimes.com, "Even with three kids in tow, there's no place like Rome," 11 July 2019 As with most cities, remember to hold your bag close in front of you to avoid pickpockets. National Geographic, "See Hanoi like a Nat Geo Explorer," 26 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of pickpocket

1591, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pickpocket was in 1591

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pickpocket

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pickpocket

: a thief who steals money and other things from people's pockets and purses

pickpocket

noun
pick·​pock·​et | \ ˈpik-ˌpä-kət How to pronounce pickpocket (audio) \

Kids Definition of pickpocket

: a thief who steals from pockets and purses

pickpocket

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pick·​pock·​et

Legal Definition of pickpocket

: a thief who surreptitiously steals money or valuables from the pockets or person of an individual

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