from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A rogue or adventurer. Also called picaroon.
- n. The main character in a picaresque work when that character is a man or boy.
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- n. rogue, adventurer
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A rogue; a thief.
Since the root meaning of "picaro" is "rogue," if we were to demand of such a character that he/she be a model of propriety, we would be denying the picaresque form its motivating agency.
The picaresque story -- derived from the term identifying the protagonist of such stories, the "picaro" -- was introduced by Spanish writers of the 16th and 17th centuries, and is essentially a journey narrative in which the picaro, usually a rogueish character, embarks on a journey in which, literally, one thing happens after another.
He is a real "picaro" and would use it in a situation like ...
Maradona is the classic "picaro" character of 16th century Spanish literature, a scoundrel who lives by his wits and rebels against the establishment.
It's the "adventures" of the picaro that solicit our attention in this kind of fiction, and whatever change or enhancement of character that emerges is secondary to the experiences to which the character is submitted, to the process by which change or growth might (or might not) occur.
It might be that Catherynne Valente reacted as she did to Famke because she failed to consider that Breath and Bones is essentially a picaresque novel, Famke its picaro.
Comic actors, whom Meeker models on the picaro in contrast to the tragic or pastoral hero, are not at odds with the world because they do not think in terms of oppositions or polarities.
It is based on the tales of Flemish picaro avant-la-lettre Renard the Fox.
They belonged mostly to that class of realistic fiction which is called picaresque, from the Spanish word 'picaro,' a rogue, because it began in Spain with the 'Lazarillo de Tormes' of Diego de
They grew more fantastic as they ran to seed, till in the Elizabethan age they had degenerated into picaresque stories (from _picaro_, "a rogue") which recounted the adventures not of a noble knight but of some scoundrel or outcast.