• WordNet 3.6
    • adj picaresque involving clever rogues or adventurers especially as in a type of fiction "picaresque novels","waifs of the picaresque tradition","a picaresque hero"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Picaresque Applied to that class of literature in which the principal personage is the Spanish picaro, meaning a rascal, a knave, a rogue, an adventurer.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • picaresque Pertaining to or dealing with rogues or picaroons: said of literary productions that deal with the fortunes of rogues or adventurers, and especially of works in Spanish literature about the beginning of the seventeenth century, of which “Guzman de Alfarache” was a type.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. Sp. picaro, rogue


In literature:

Then there were some of the writers of the picaresque novels.
"Lavengro The Scholar, The Gypsy, The Priest" by George Borrow
Why not drift on in a series of accidents-like a picaresque novel?
"Women in Love" by D. H. Lawrence
His humour, it must be admitted, is akin to the picaresque.
"Old and New Masters" by Robert Lynd
The result was that "the long-talked-of autobiography" disappointed those who expected more than a collection of bold picaresque sketches.
"George Borrow The Man and His Books" by Edward Thomas
We may repeat that the matter is picaresque.
"Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens" by G. K. Chesterton
The set-off of the Flagg expedition in the gray of early dawn had an element of picaresque adventure about it.
"Joan of Arc of the North Woods" by Holman Day
Then there were some of the writers of the picaresque novels.
"Lavengro The Scholar - The Gypsy - The Priest, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by George Borrow
Here was a picaresque romance which allured the methodical barrister and Councilor and he was as boyishly excited as his nephew.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
Here again, of course, the picaresque model comes in, and there is a good deal of directly borrowed matter.
"A History of the French Novel, Vol. 1" by George Saintsbury
The author had evidently read his Pigault and adopted that writer's revised picaresque scheme.
"A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2" by George Saintsbury
Spain is the home of that type of novel which the pigeonhole-makers have named picaresque.
"Rosinante to the Road Again" by John Dos Passos
Explain the pattern of picaresque romance.
"A Manual of the Art of Fiction" by Clayton Hamilton
He has taken a rascal for the hero of his picaresque and rattling romance.
"Around the World with Josiah Allen's Wife" by Marietta Holley
Then there were some of the writers of the picaresque novels.
"Lavengro The Scholar, The Gypsy, The Priest" by George Borrow
In the first place he had the faculty for seizing upon the picturesque and picaresque elements in the world about him.
"The Vagabond in Literature" by Arthur Rickett
After the Tales of Chivalry came the Novelas de Picaros, picaresque novels we have called these Tales of Roguery in English.
"The Century of Columbus" by James J. Walsh
Christoffel von Grimmelshausen (c. 1625-1676), is a picaresque novel, but one that owed little more than its form to the Spaniards.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 7" by Various
Now in picaresque novels, we were always meeting people who did that sort of thing; but they were not gentlemen.
"Atlantic Classics" by Various
For this work he took as his model the picaresque romances of Spain, already to some extent known in Germany.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 5" by Various
Mateo Aleman, the author of the great Picaresque romance of Guzman de Alfarache, was a native of Seville.
"Legends & Romances of Spain" by Lewis Spence

In news:

It's also a picaresque .
A Realist's Picaresque As he repeatedly traverses the line between West and East, Robert D Kaplan explores the idea of national identity.
" In some respects it resembles what critics in the 19th century called a "picaresque," which means that the protagonist finds himself on a journey or a kind of quest.
Dumas' picaresque novel was first published in serial format in 1844.