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Monday, October 07, 2013

Definitions for picaro

  1. a rogue or vagabond.

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Citations for picaro
The prototypical picaro normally finds himself in a cruelly unyielding world where he must simultaneously serve the needs of several masters. So numerous are these competing demands that, in order to survive, he invariably becomes a master of deception, simulation and multiple disguise. William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair, 1848
He is rich, this picaro, O'Brien. But there is, also, a proverb — that no riches shall avail in the day of vengeance. Joseph Conrad, Ford Madox Ford, Romance, 1903
Origin of picaro
Picaro came to English from Spanish in the 1600s, though the etymology of this term is disputed.