Picaresque meaning

pĭkə-rĕsk, pēkə-
Of or involving clever rogues or adventurers.
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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.
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One that is picaresque.
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Of, like, or having to do with sharp-witted vagabonds or rogues.
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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.
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Of or pertaining to rogues or adventurers.
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(literature) Characteristic of a genre of Spanish satiric novel dealing with the adventures of a roguish hero.
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A picaresque novel.
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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