Definition of purse-picker in US English:

purse-picker

noun

rare
  • A thief who picks purses; = "pickpurse".

Origin

Mid 16th century; earliest use found in John Cheke (1514–1557), humanist, royal tutor, and administrator. From purse + picker.

Pronunciation

purse-picker

/ˈpəːsˌpɪkə/