noun, plural des·per·a·does, des·per·a·dos.
Origin of desperado
Examples from the Web for desperado
Here, the acclaimed director of Desperado and Sin City offers up his top cult films.‘Machete Kills’ Director Robert Rodriguez on His Favorite Cult Movies|Robert Rodriguez|October 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Rodriguez wrote a script that imagined Trejo, his thuggish muse in Desperado and Spy Kids, as a Mexican Charles Bronson.
The desperado remembered that his horse stood hitched a quarter of a mile away.When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry|Charles Neville Buck
There were circumstances, however, which kept away the rowdy and desperado element who usually make for a newly opened goldfield.The Great Boer War|Arthur Conan Doyle
The impenetrable rocky region was behind them; the desperado and his band were ahead of them, in comparatively an open country.Wigwam and War-path; Or the Royal Chief in Chains|A. B. (Alfred Benjamin) Meacham
So resourceful and crafty was this desperado that he evaded trap after trap laid for his capture.Frontier Boys on the Coast|Capt. Wyn Roosevelt
A desperado, seeking to kill him, threw down on him as he was entering a saloon.When the West Was Young|Frederick R. Bechdolt
British Dictionary definitions for desperado
noun plural -does or -dos
Word Origin for desperado
Word Origin and History for desperado
c.1600, "a person in despair," mock-Spanish version of desperate (n.) "reckless criminal" (1560s), from Latin desperatus (see desperation). There was an adjective desperado in Old Spanish, meaning "out of hope, desperate," but apparently it never was used as a noun and it probably has nothing to do with the English word. Meaning "a desperate or reckless man" is recorded from 1640s.