Definitions for picaresqueˌpɪk əˈrɛsk
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
of or pertaining to a form of prose fiction, orig. developed in Spain, in which the adventures of a roguish hero are described in a series of usu. humorous or satiric episodes.
of, pertaining to, or resembling rogues.
Origin of picaresque:
1800–10; < Sp picaresco
involving clever rogues or adventurers especially as in a type of fiction
"picaresque novels"; "waifs of the picaresque tradition"; "a picaresque hero"
A picaresque novel.
Of or pertaining to rogues or adventurers
Characteristic of a genre of Spanish satiric novel dealing with the adventures of a roguish hero
applied to that class of literature in which the principal personage is the Spanish picaro, meaning a rascal, a knave, a rogue, an adventurer