pic·a·resque (pĭk′ə-rĕsk, pē′kə-)
1. Of or involving clever rogues or adventurers.
2. Of or relating to a genre of usually satiric prose fiction originating in Spain and depicting in realistic, often humorous detail the adventures of a roguish hero of low social degree living by their wits in a corrupt society.
One that is picaresque.
[French, from Spanish picaresco, from pícaro, picaro; see PICARO.]
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