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Dictionary Definition



1 a soldier in a motorized army unit [syn: cavalryman]
2 a mounted policeman
3 a state police officer [syn: state trooper]
4 a soldier mounted on horseback; "a cavalryman always takes good care of his mount" [syn: cavalryman]

User Contributed Dictionary



troop + -er < etyl fr 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, 1959, but through assimilation with the sense of "soldier" has come to be usually spelled "trooper".



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

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Extensive Definition

Trooper may refer to:
Trooper should not be confused with:
  • Trouper, a member of a troupe

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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