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or pick·a·roon

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  1. a rogue, vagabond, thief, or brigand.
  2. a pirate or corsair.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to act or operate as a pirate or brigand.
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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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Historical Examples of 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

British Dictionary definitions for picaroon



  1. archaic an adventurer or rogue
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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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