Definition of pickpocket in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpɪkpɒkɪt/


A person who steals from people’s pockets.
Example sentences
  • The beggars in the city also indicate that there are thieves, pickpockets, robbers and the like lurking around.
  • Last Tuesday, police community support officers patrolled the market, keeping an eye out for thieves and pickpockets, while distributing crime prevention leaflets to stallholders and shoppers.
  • There are well-documented gangs of child pickpockets and other assorted thieves operating on both sides of the border.
thief, petty thief, sneak thief;
bag-snatcher, purse-snatcher
archaic cutpurse, pickpurse, pocket-picker, purse-picker, finger, dipper, reefer


[with object]
Steal from the pockets of (someone): I think someone pickpocketed me in Brighton on my way to the station (as noun pickpocketing) crimes such as pickpocketing
More example sentences
  • Although the public fear being a victim of identity fraud more than pickpocketing, mugging or even burglary, a large number still put themselves at risk by disposing of private information without first rendering it unreadable.
  • More than 80 percent said they or people close to them had been a victim of a crime - primarily burglaries, pickpocketing and purse-snatchings, as violent crimes are relatively rare.
  • He also noted an increase in police patrols around the capital which has resulted in a marked reduction in pickpocketing and shoplifting over the past two weeks.
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