Definition of cutpurse in English:

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cutpurse

Pronunciation: /ˈkətpərs/

noun

archaic
A pickpocket or thief.
Example sentences
  • Pleas of the crown should also be heard at these sessions, before bailiffs and coroners, except for cases of cutpurses and thieves caught redhanded or arrested upon complaint of a visiting outsider (as in the time of fair or market).
  • Not even the moon shone on the black, starless night and the woman picked her way carefully across the city, keeping a wary eye out for cutpurses and nocturnal pickpockets.
  • There, training of every sort took place, from that of the humble cutpurse, to specialist thieves who employed magic to enhance their talents at burglary.

Origin

Late Middle English: with reference to stealing by cutting purses suspended from a waistband.

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Syllabification: cut·purse

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