[des-puh-rah-doh, -rey-]
noun, plural desperadoes, desperados.
a bold, reckless criminal or outlaw, especially in the early days of the American West.

1600–10; probably pseudo-Spanish alteration of desperate (as noun, now obsolete), in same sense Unabridged
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desperado (ˌdɛspəˈrɑːdəʊ)
n , pl -does, -dos
a reckless or desperate person, esp one ready to commit any violent illegal act
[C17: probably pseudo-Spanish variant of obsolete desperate (n) a reckless character]

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Word Origin & History

1610, "a person in despair," mock-Spanish version of desperate (n.) "reckless criminal" (1563), from L. desperatus (see desperation). There was an adj. desperado in O.Sp., meaning "out of hope, desperate," but apparently it never was used as a noun and it probably has
nothing to do with the Eng. word. Meaning "a desperate or reckless man" is recorded from 1647.
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Example sentences
Payne is described as a worthless loafer and desperado.
When he and his band caught up with the outlaw group, they slayed the desperado after a ferocious gunfight.
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