or pick·a·roon



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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Related Words for picaroon

adventurer, buccaneer, knave, rogue, freebooter

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British Dictionary definitions for picaroon




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

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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