That said, Waters has come a long way since the picaresque adventures of Nan and Kitty.
The picaresque escapades and legendary extravagances of the brothers are indulged with a collective wink.
A variety of the picaresque species was the "books of beggars."
He has taken a rascal for the hero of his picaresque and rattling romance.
Now in picaresque novels, we were always meeting people who did that sort of thing; but they were not gentlemen.
But the narratives also look backward to an older type, the picaresque.
There were in Germany popular tales which were picaresque novels in embryo.
His square face was confident, his foxy mustache was picaresque.
For this work he took as his model the picaresque romances of Spain, already to some extent known in Germany.
Barry Lyndon with its picaresque note and Irish background, would seem an excellent contribution to the "Cranford" series.
1810, from Spanish picaresco "roguish," from picaro "rogue," of uncertain origin, possibly from picar "to pierce," from Vulgar Latin *piccare (see pike (n.2)). Originally in roman picaresque "rogue novel," the classic example being "Gil Blas."