Picaresque Definition

pĭkə-rĕsk, pēkə-
adjective
Of, like, or having to do with sharp-witted vagabonds or rogues.
Webster's New World
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.
Webster's New World
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noun
One that is picaresque.
American Heritage
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Other Word Forms of Picaresque

Noun

Singular:
picaresque
Plural:
picaresques

Origin of Picaresque

  • French from Spanish picaresco from pícaro picaro picaro

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • French, from Spanish picaresco, from pícaro (“rogue").

    From Wiktionary

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