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 1984's Temple of Doom, Quan famously played a young, wisecracking pickpocket named Short Round who becomes Indy's lovable sidekick. Mike Miller, EW.com, 10 Sep. 2022 There were 137 pickpocket thefts at eight of the city’s popular bars and clubs in January and February alone, according to a Sheriff’s Department report. Los Angeles Times, 19 July 2022 Jung Ho-yeon was nominated for supporting actress in a drama series for her portrayal of devoted sister and scrappy pickpocket Kang Sae-byeok. Los Angeles Times, 12 July 2022 And fans, once they get hooked, never seem to get enough of watching four professionals jam onto a court and produce set after set of novel angles and winners crafted with a pickpocket’s deft touch. Kurt Streeter, New York Times, 7 July 2022 Kim Tae-ri)—who is actually a pickpocket hired by a mysterious con man to convince Hideko to marry him. Keely Weiss, Harper's BAZAAR, 21 June 2022 The same alleged pickpocket is believed to be responsible for four thefts that occurred between May 2021 and May 2022, according to Detective Freddy Herrero from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department’s Lemon Grove substation. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 June 2022 Bates forges a letter and saves the monarchy with his pickpocket skills. Tom Fitzgerald And Lorenzo Marquez, Town & Country, 17 May 2022 Huell says, gesturing at, well, all this: an illicit meetup in an anonymous parking lot, trading cash for criminal favors from a career pickpocket. Kat Rosenfield, EW.com, 26 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

21 Sep 2022

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“Pickpocket.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pickpocket. Accessed 24 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for pickpocket


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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