1. of, like, or having to do with sharp-witted vagabonds or rogues
2. designating or characteristic of a kind of fiction that originated in Spain and deals episodically with the adventures of
a hero who is or resembles such a vagabond or rogue
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Word origin of 'picaresque'Sp picaresco < pícaro, rascal, orig. knavish, vile