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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".



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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trooper (third-person singular simple present troopers, present participle troopering, simple past and past participle troopered)

  1. To work as a trooper.
    • 2009, Dana Stabenow, Whisper to the Blood, →ISBN, page 153:
      Maybe I should quit troopering and hire on with Global Harvest.
  2. To work steadily at an unpleasant job without complaint.
    • 2011, G. Robert Jones, Discard, →ISBN, page 111:
      Carrie handed out tools, helped hold a measuring tape, and troopered on where she could,
    • 2013, C.A. McJack, Fate's Twisted Circle - Volume 2, →ISBN, page 120:
      But she troopered on, plastering a smile on her face and giving her a warm greeting and inwardly reminded herself that Ms. Madeleine was of no threat to her, as if she had a fear of Jack-in-the-boxes.