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A calque of German Sturmtruppen, from Sturm (storm) + Truppen (troops).


  • IPA(key): /ˈstɔːmtɹuːpə/


stormtrooper (plural stormtroopers)

  1. A soldier trained in special infiltration tactics.
    • 1995, Ian Drury, German Stormtrooper 1914-18, Osprey Publishing, page 4:
      Indeed, the infantry battle on the desolate ridgeline above Darwin would probably have seemed remarkably familiar to a World War I stormtrooper.
    • 1996, Mark McNeilly, Sun Tzu and the Art of Business, Oxford, page 134:
      As you'll recall, the idea of the stormtrooper arose from the effort to break out of the trench warfare of World War I.
    • 2001, J.S. Medaware and David Pyke, Hitler's Gift, Arcade Publishing, page 72:
      When he came upon such a scene he went up to a stormtrooper to protest.
  2. A member of the Sturmabteilung, a Nazi street militia.

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