Nehama (med_cat) wrote in 1word1day,

Friday word: Picaresque

A Spanish-origin word this time :)

pi·ca·resque, adjective \ˌpi-kə-ˈresk, ˌpē-\

: of or relating to rogues or rascals; also : of, relating to, suggesting, or being a type of fiction dealing with the episodic adventures of a usually roguish protagonist


Cloister and Hearth is a picaresque historical novel. (
This novel was one of Arthur Conan Doyle's favourite books.)

...As wages of our picaresque,
Bag lunches bolted at my desk
Must stand as fealty to you
For each expensive rendezvous....(From Peter De Vries' "To His Importunate Mistress"; the entire poem can be read
in this previous post to this comm.)

Spanish picaresco, from pícaro, rogue, knave, villain, loafer

First Known Use: 1810

Tags: adjective, p, spanish, wordsmith: med_cat

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