Definition of Cutpurse

1. Noun. A thief who steals from the pockets or purses of others in public places.

Exact synonyms: Dip, Pickpocket
Generic synonyms: Stealer, Thief



Definition of Cutpurse

1. n. One who cuts purses for the sake of stealing them or their contents (an act common when men wore purses fastened by a string to their girdles); one who steals from the person; a pickpocket

Definition of Cutpurse

1. Noun. A thief who steals from others' purses or pockets in public. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Cutpurse

1. a pickpocket [n -S] - See also: pickpocket

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cutpurse

cutlet
cutlets
cutline
cutlines
cutling
cutoff
cutoffs
cutose
cutout
cutouts
cutover
cutovers
cutpoint
cutpoints
cutproof
cutpurse (current term)
cutpurses
cutround
cutrounds
cuts bait
cuts down
cuts in
cuts it
cuts off
cuts one's losses
cuts out
cuts someone some slack
cuts up
cutscene

Literary usage of Cutpurse

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Macmillan's Magazine by David Masson, George Grove, John Morley, Mowbray Morris (1895)
"MOLL cutpurse. THE most illustrious woman of an illustrious age, Moll cutpurse, has never lacked the recognition due to her genius. ..."

2. ... Characters and Passages from Note-books by Samuel Butler (1908)
"A cutpurse T)UTS his life in his hand, and both into another man's \_ pocket, out of which he picks his living. ..."

3. Curiosities of London: Exhibiting the Most Rare and Remarkable Objects of by John Timbs (1855)
"1670) ; and Mary Carlton, or Frith, the "English Mall" of Hudibras, alias Moll cutpurse, an infamous cheat and pickpocket, hanged at Tyburn 1672-3. ..."

4. A Banquet of Jests and Merry Tales by Archibald Armstrong (1889)
"... and a cutpurse. A GENTLEMAN that had a Welchman waiting •**• on him, came to see a Play, and drawing his purse at the doore, ..."

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