picaresque definition by Webster's New World
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- of, like, or having to do with sharp-witted vagabonds or rogues
- designating or characteristic of a kind of fiction that originated in Spain and deals episodically with the adventures of a hero who is or resembles such a vagabond or rogue
Origin: Spanish picaresco ; from pícaro, rascal, origin, originally knavish, vile
picaresque definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Of or involving clever rogues or adventurers.
- Of or relating to a genre of usually satiric prose fiction originating in Spain and depicting in realistic, often humorous detail the adventures of a roguish hero of low social degree living by his or her wits in a corrupt society.
One that is picaresque.
Origin: French, from Spanish picaresco, from pícaro, picaro; see picaro.