Cutpurse


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Cutpurse is a noun that refers to a pickpocket.

A combination of the English words ‘cut’ and ‘purse,’ our word of the day has been around since the 14th century. Its origin refers to the practice of stealing by cutting purses suspended from a waistband. But the term may be used to describe any pickpocket — regardless of their method of thievery.

I was victimized by a cutpurse at the fair last summer. Prior to that I had always assumed by wallet was safe in public.