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pickpocket (n.)

also pick-pocket, "one who steals from the pockets of others," 1590s, from pick (v.) + pocket (n.). Earlier was pick-purse (late 14c.). As a verb from 1670s.

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Definitions of pickpocket from WordNet

pickpocket (n.)
a thief who steals from the pockets or purses of others in public places;
Synonyms: cutpurse / dip
From wordnet.princeton.edu