Desperado definition

dĕspə-rädō, -rā-
A bold or desperate outlaw, especially of the American frontier.
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A dangerous, reckless criminal; bold outlaw.
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(chess) A piece that seems determined to give itself up, typically to bring about stalemate or perpetual check.
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A bold outlaw, especially one from southern portions of the Wild West.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
desperado
Plural:
desperadoes, desperados

Origin of desperado

  • Probably from Spanish desperado, desesperado desperate person from past participle of desesperar to despair from Latin dēspērāre despair

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Spanish desesperado, past participle of desesperar (“to despair”), from Latin disperare (“to despair, to lose hope”), from prefix dis- + sperare (“to hope”).

    From Wiktionary