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

Definition of pickpocket

: a thief who picks pockets

Examples of pickpocket in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In Cruella, Wink plays the canine companion of henchmen Horace and Jasper and helps the duo pickpocket and pull off other crimes. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, 24 June 2021 Storm in the comics has much darker skin than Berry's, reflecting her African origins as a kid pickpocket on the streets of Cairo. Nick Romano, EW.com, 22 Apr. 2021 Hintz’s goal less than five minutes into the game gave the Stars a 1-0 lead after a sneaky pickpocket and assist from Jason Robertson set him up for a backhand that beat Blackhawks goalie Kevin Lankinen. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, 9 Feb. 2021 Many of those takeaways can be attributed to Humphrey, the closest thing to a pickpocket on a football field. David Ginsburg, Star Tribune, 14 Oct. 2020 As eager but inexperienced pickpocket Linus Caldwell, Damon employed his comedic chops along with George Clooney and Brad Pitt in Steven Soderbergh’s heist trilogy, whose first film remains the best in our eyes. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, 8 Oct. 2020 That means finding a precocious young pickpocket, Cassandra Cain ( Ella Jay Basco), who, having swiped the stone, swallows it. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, 6 Feb. 2020 Want to give Cloud the power to pickpocket foes and cast ice magic or make Tifa your party's primary healer with extra magic points (MP) to cast with? Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 6 Apr. 2020 Police officers stand on every street corner, springing into action to arrest pickpockets, one of whom attempted to rob this reporter at dusk one night. Washington Post, 2 Jan. 2020

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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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29 Jun 2021

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“Pickpocket.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pickpocket. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pickpocket

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


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

Kids Definition of pickpocket

: a thief who steals from pockets and purses



Legal Definition of pickpocket

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


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