picaresque

[ pik-uh-resk ]
/ ˌpɪk əˈrɛsk /

adjective

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.

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Origin of picaresque

From the Spanish word picaresco, dating back to 1800–10. See picaro, -esque

OTHER WORDS FROM picaresque

un·pic·a·resque, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH picaresque

picaresque picturesque (see synonym study at picturesque)
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British Dictionary definitions for picaresque

picaresque
/ (ˌpɪkəˈrɛsk) /

adjective

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 for picaresque

C19: via French from Spanish picaresco, from pícaro a rogue
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