- a rogue, vagabond, thief, or brigand.
- a pirate or corsair.
- to act or operate as a pirate or brigand.
Origin of picaroon
1615–25; < Spanish picarón, augmentative of pícaro picaro
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Examples from the Web for picaroon
Picaroon, a pirate or buccaneer originally; now an ordinary thief.The Slang Dictionary
John Camden Hotten
He does little more than adopt that of the Spanish picaroon romance of the 16th and 17th century.
If we go on in this manner, said he, we shall be the prey of every picaroon on the ocean.
I stopped 'em back there a ways with my picaroon, when they sung out, an' they walked down here on the side planks.
MacRae threw open his hatches and counted the salmon as they came flipping off the point of a picaroon.Poor Man's Rock
Bertrand W. Sinclair
- archaic an adventurer or rogue
C17: from Spanish picarón, from pícaro
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Word Origin and History for picaroon
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