- a bold, reckless criminal or outlaw, especially in the early days of the American West.
Origin of desperado
Related Words for desperadoruffian, hoodlum, outlaw, bandit, gangster, cutthroat, thug, convict, lawbreaker, mugger
Examples from the Web for desperado
Contemporary Examples of 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
October 8, 2013
Rodriguez wrote a script that imagined Trejo, his thuggish muse in Desperado and Spy Kids, as a Mexican Charles Bronson.'Mexploitation' at the Movies
August 31, 2010
Historical Examples of desperado
He was a desperado, and it was said that he had killed at least two men in his time.The Hunted Outlaw
But, monsieur, I am not one who would wish you to be a common bravo—a desperado—for me.Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
He had formerly been ridiculed as a visionary, he was now pitied as a desperado.
The grave of Black-heart Bill, the desperado, who is buried there.Buffalo Bill's Spy Trailer
Colonel Prentiss Ingraham
It couldn't be at the stars; such a desperado was neither astrologer nor astronomer.Masterpieces of Mystery
- a reckless or desperate person, esp one ready to commit any violent illegal act
Word Origin 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.