trooper

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Etymology[edit]

From troop +‎ -er, from French troupe.

Sense of cavalry soldier attested 1640, mounted policeman 1858 (Australia), state policeman 1911 (US). The sense of "one who endures adversity" comes from English trouper ‎(member of an acting troupe), 1959, but through assimilation with the sense of "soldier" has come to be usually spelled "trooper".

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trooper ‎(plural troopers)

  1. (military) A soldier of private rank in cavalry or armour. Abbreviated Tpr.
  2. A cavalry horse; charger.
  3. A soldier.
  4. (Britain) A troopship.
  5. (US) A state trooper.
  6. (Australia) A mounted policeman.
  7. One who endures adversity or hardship with an attitude of stoicism and persistence.
    He was a real trooper about taking care of the kids for the weekend.

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References[edit]

  • “trooper” in the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, Second Edition, Oxford University Press, 2004.
  • troop” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
  • troupe” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).

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