noun, verb (used without object)
- 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
< Spanish picarón,
augmentative of pícaro picaro
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Examples from the Web for pickaroon
Historical Examples of pickaroon
I'll go very fast so that I not say it, for I am only old Pickaroon, and he is fine gentlemans!
"This seems to be your busy day, Pickaroon," suggested the overseer.
When they called him "Pickaroon" it seemed to him that they were making a play-fellow of him.
Men curved their palms at their ears, wondering what old Pickaroon could have to say in City Hall.
British Dictionary definitions for pickaroon
- archaic an adventurer or rogue
Word Origin for picaroon
C17: from Spanish picarón, from pícaro
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Word Origin and History for pickaroon
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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