- pertaining to, characteristic of, or characterized by a form of prose fiction, originally developed in Spain, in which the adventures of an engagingly roguish hero are described in a series of usually humorous or satiric episodes that often depict, in realistic detail, the everyday life of the common people: picaresque novel; picaresque hero.
- of, relating to, or resembling rogues.
Origin of picaresque
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Examples from the Web for picaresque
That said, Waters has come a long way since the picaresque adventures of Nan and Kitty.Sarah Waters’s New Novel Rewrites the Rules of Love
September 20, 2014
The picaresque escapades and legendary extravagances of the brothers are indulged with a collective wink.How the Sultan of Brunei Violated His Sharia Law With Me
May 6, 2014
Then there were some of the writers of the picaresque novels.Lavengro
The artist's picaresque burin had made Robespierre as hideous as possible.The Gods are Athirst
There were in Germany popular tales which were picaresque novels in embryo.
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.Around the World with Josiah Allen's Wife
- of or relating to a type of fiction in which the hero, a rogue, goes through a series of episodic adventures. It originated in Spain in the 16th century
- of or involving rogues or picaroons
Word Origin and History for picaresque
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."