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pi·ca·ro

 (pē′kä-rō)
n. pl. pi·ca·ros (-rōz′, -rōs′)
1. A rogue or adventurer. Also called picaroon.
2. The main character in a picaresque work when that character is a man or boy.

[Spanish pícaro, perhaps from picar, to prick, from Vulgar Latin *piccāre; see pique.]

picaro

(ˈpɪkərəʊ; ˈpiːk-)
n, pl -ros
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) literature the main male character in a picaresque novel
[Spanish]

pic•a•ro

(ˈpɪk əˌroʊ, ˈpi kə-)

n., pl. -ros.
a rogue or vagabond.
[1615–25; < Sp pícaro rogue]
References in classic literature ?
They belonged mostly to that class of realistic fiction which is called picaresque, from the Spanish word 'picaro,' a rogue, because it began in Spain with the 'Lazarillo de Tormes' of Diego de Mendoza, in 1553, and because its heroes are knavish serving-boys or similar characters whose unprincipled tricks and exploits formed the substance of the stories.
Cuanto mas "ropaje simbolico" ostenta este picaro, mas desgarrado su cuerpo deviene con el correr de sus acciones.
The picaresque genre's narrations of the misadventures of rogues have tended to privilege the masculine gender of its protagonists, and the male-centered plot of these canonical novels is further evinced not only in the maternal abandonment suffered by the young boy and his contact with a series of amoral father figures, but through the mature picaro's failed amorous relations with women.
Other stories--"Picaro," "Rearview," and "A Thing That Happens"--suggest quietly dissatisfied characters who have made a kind of peace with their lot.
(3) The protagonist of a picaresque novel is a picaro, a literary character who (a) comes from an infamous family, (b) hence carries a social stigma that conditions his life, (c) struggles to overcome his egregious origins by seeking social ascent, (d) tries many different sorts of employment, although he thrives in delinquency, and (e) as a thief the picaro exploits his cunning.
En realidad, nuestro ultimo fin puede resultar algo picaro (y esto va en desmedro de aquellos impiadosos que ven a los bibliotecarios como seres <<fuera de moda>> e incapaces de disfrutar el vitalismo de tocar un libro o seguir con la mirada ardiente la maravillosa fugacidad de un documento virtual), digo picaro, puesto que hoy, con marcada intencionalidad, los estamos cortejando en una especie de galanteo bibliotecario.
Es la historia de un picaro pobre diablo que nunca aprendio el oficio de ladron y al que tampoco se le da el arte de matar o de matarse.
Su infancia en Cambados, cuando de chiquillo esperaba aquella marea verde de brillos ocres que venia del mar profundo, llevando en su empuje, ese torrente de agujas plateadas, burbujeantes, que acariciaban su piel de picaro cormoran.
El genero literario de la "novela picaresca" se ha acotado tradicionalmente mediante la figura social del picaro o por otros rasgos mas formales, como el caracter autobiografico de la trama o la estructura de viaje o el "escalon usurpado".
Buzzell's unwillingness to settle for a job he dislikes points to another key trait of the picaro, that of self-sufficiency.
The names of the characters also reflect their picaro nature: Chino and Sapo are given these street names due to their physical appearance.
14-15), "o picaro e o canico que se dobra aos ventos para conseguir sobreviver: nele o que pensa e o estomago." Assim, ele pode ser definido como "a filosofia da sobrevivencia feita gente." Numa narrativa picaresca, tal personagem se constitui como o traco de uniao entre episodios diversos nos quais luta para viver em melhores condicoes.