el pícaro
-the rascal
See the entry for pícaro.


el pícaro, la pícara(
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
masculine or feminine noun
1. (impish person)
a. rascal
"Ese pequeño pícaro me escondió los anteojos otra vez", dijo el abuelo."That little rascal hid my eyeglasses again," said the grandfather.
b. rogue
Un pícaro me hizo una broma pesada.A rogue pulled a prank on me.
c. scoundrel
¡Regresa y devuélveme el bastón, pícaro!Come back here with my walking stick, scoundrel!
2. (clever person)
a. sly person
Su esposo nunca se enteró de que lo engañó porque es una pícara.Her husband never found out she cheated on him because she's a sly person.
3. (literature)
a. rogue
El pícaro robó un par de zapatos cuando el zapatero no estaba mirando.The rogue stole a pair of shoes when the cobbler wasn't watching.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
4. (clever)
a. crafty
Una mujer pícara como ella nunca pasaría por alto la importancia de tener contactos.A crafty woman like her would never overlook the importance of knowing the right people.
b. cunning
Nicolás era un hombre pícaro que siempre lograba lo que se proponía.Nicolas was a cunning man who always got what he wanted.
5. (impish)
a. roguish
Un niño pícaro rompió las ventanas con una honda.A roguish kid broke the windows with a slingshot.
b. mischievous
Su hija es una niña pícara que siempre está causando problemas.Her daughter is a mischievous girl who is always causing trouble.
6. (malicious)
a. wicked
Tu sentido del humor es pícaro, no gracioso.Your sense of humor is wicked, not funny.
b. naughty
Era una crítica constructiva, pero lo entendió como un comentario pícaro y despreciativo.It was constructive criticism, but she thought his remark was a naughty and snide.
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (astuto)
a. sly person, rogue
2. (travieso)
a. rascal
3. (atrevido)
a. brazen person
pícaroa pícara
1 (taimado) sly; crafty; (travieso) [+niño] naughty; mischievous;
2 (deshonesto) crooked; (pillo) roguish; knavish
3 naughty; wicked
¡este pícaro siglo! what naughty times we live in!; tiene inclinación a los pícaros celos she is prone to wicked jealousy
4 (precoz) [+niño] precocious; knowing esp sexually aware before the proper age; (esp sexually aware before the proper age)
1 (granuja) rogue; scoundrel; (ladino) sly sort; (niño) rascal; scamp
¡pícaro! you rascal!
2 (Literat) rogue
In Spanish literature, especially of the Golden Age, the pícaro is a roguish character whose travels and adventures are used as a vehicle for social satire. The anonymous Lazarillo de Tormes (1554), which relates the life and adventures of one such character, is thought to be the first of the genre known as the picaresque novel, or novela picaresca. Other well-known picaresque novels were written by Cervantes (Rinconete y Cortadillo) and Francisco de Quevedo (El Buscón).
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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