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desperado

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noun des·per·a·do \ˌdes-pə-ˈrä-(ˌ)dō, -ˈrā-\

Simple Definition of desperado

  • : a violent criminal who is not afraid of getting hurt or caught

Full Definition of desperado

plural des·per·a·does or des·per·a·dos

  1. :  a bold or violent criminal; especially :  a bandit of the western United States in the 19th century

Examples of desperado

  1. the notorious desperados of the Wild West



Origin of desperado

probably alteration of obsolete desperate desperado, from desperate, adjective


First Known Use: 1647

Rhymes with desperado


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