picaroon

or pick·a·roon

[ pik-uh-roon ]
/ ˌpɪk əˈrun /

noun

a rogue, vagabond, thief, or brigand.
a pirate or corsair.

verb (used without object)

to act or operate as a pirate or brigand.

Origin of picaroon

1615–25; < Spanish picarón, augmentative of pícaro picaro
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picaroon

pickaroon

/ (ˌpɪkəˈruːn) /

noun

archaic an adventurer or rogue

Word Origin for picaroon

C17: from Spanish picarón, from pícaro
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Word Origin and History for picaroon

picaroon


n.

1620s, "rogue, thief, adventurer; pirate, sea-robber; small pirate ship," from Spanish picaron, augmentative of picaro "rogue" (see picaresque); also cf. -oon.

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