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picaro

[pik-uh-roh, pee-kuh-] /ˈpɪk əˌroʊ, ˈpi kə-/
noun, plural picaros.
1.
a rogue or vagabond.
Origin of picaro
1615-1625
First recorded in 1615-25, picaro is from the Spanish word pícaro rogue
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  • Well, picaro,” I said to the man who was moaning, “what is the matter with you?

    A Middy of the King Harry Collingwood
  • The picaro was the fungus which grew out of this mass of corruption.

  • It portrays the life and fortunes of the picaro—the adventurer who tries all roads to fortune.

    East Anglia J. Ewing Ritchie
  • Most of them on leaving the Court uttered some invective against "the picaro who had sworn their lives away."

    The Pirates Own Book

    Charles Ellms
  • There was enough of the “picaro” in his countenance, to inspire me with confidence that he could be suborned for my purpose.

    The Bandolero Mayne Reid
  • The picaro, in fact, is the direct descendant and the legitimate child of the debased knight-errant.

  • The successor of the knight-errant, the picaro, was a good deal like the last of the line preceding, with much the same features.

  • Master Reynard, in that romance of the Middle Ages of which he is the hero, is something like a picaro.

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