pick·​pock·​et ˈpik-ˌpä-kət How to pronounce pickpocket (audio)
: a thief who picks pockets

Examples of pickpocket in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web From there, simply hook the leash to your pant loops, inside of your purse, or even your belt, and pickpockets won’t stand a chance. Merrell Readman, Travel + Leisure, 8 May 2024 And speaking of bags, a zippered tote is the best way to ensure that your belongings are secure and safe from pickpockets and thieves, which is why the stylish and packable Westbronco Crescent Crossbody Bag is an invaluable selection ahead of your spring trip. Merrell Readman, Travel + Leisure, 7 Mar. 2024 The issue in a city like Paris, however, is that an open purse attracts pickpockets on the métro and in bars. Lane Nieset, Travel + Leisure, 15 Feb. 2024 After trying out, Kevin was cast as Fagin, the adult leader of a gang of child pickpockets, while Sienna-Marie played the Artful Dodger. Anna Myers, Peoplemag, 9 Feb. 2024 After freeing Cass, a young pickpocket with a bounty on her head, Harley finds herself at a crossroads. Dennis Perkins, EW.com, 17 Jan. 2024 Tourists are increasingly likely to be preyed upon by pickpockets, so taking extra precautions to keep your belongings safe is never a bad idea — especially in more densely populated cities. Merrell Readman, Travel + Leisure, 26 July 2023 Of course, they’re equipped with two side pockets — which zip closed to ward off pickpockets — and a sneaky internal passport compartment. Sophie Dodd, Travel + Leisure, 8 Jan. 2024 What about the current spate of tabloid reports on the rise of pickpockets and drug users and miscellaneous criminals in Times Square, stories implying that the bad old days are here again? Karrie Jacobs, Curbed, 12 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1591, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pickpocket was in 1591

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“Pickpocket.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pickpocket. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


pick·​pock·​et ˈpik-ˌpäk-ət How to pronounce pickpocket (audio)
: a thief who steals from pockets and purses

Legal Definition


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