Definition of picaro in English:



  • A rogue.

    ‘the main character is a picaro who lives by his wits’
    • ‘The picaro's constant movement symbolizes his desire for social improvement, or perhaps even for escape from an island-prison.’
    • ‘It introduces a new approach which offers the possibility of taking the idea of the ‘other’ as scapegoat and also as a means for redemption as a defining characteristic of the picaro.’
    • ‘40 Poems, ballads, and images suggested an American picaro, a raffish trickster and canny businessman, whose slick tongue and sharp wit made him impossible to trust fully.’
    • ‘The traditional picaresque frame, with its fictitious first person voice, offers its authors the opportunity to scrutinize society ostensibly from another's perspective-the picaro's.’
    • ‘As the picaro physically travels, he emotionally and intellectually proceeds from innocence to disillusionment; desengaño, of course, is also a sentiment that permeates baroque texts.’
    scoundrel, villain, rogue, rascal, brute, animal, weasel, snake, monster, ogre, wretch, devil, good-for-nothing, reprobate, wrongdoer, evil-doer
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Early 17th century: from Spanish.