- an actor, especially a member of a touring company.
- a veteran actor.
- a loyal, dependable worker or participant in an undertaking: He's a real trouper, even when the going is rough.
Origin of trouper
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Examples from the Web for trouper
The woman had been a trouper in the old days of one-night stands.Gigolo
And he there made those excellent verses of the Trouper (quaere).Brief Lives (Vol. 2 of 2)
"That is because I am a trouper, and troupers live in their trunks," smiled Anne.Grace Harlowe's Third Year at Overton College
Jessie Graham Flower
- a member of a troupe
- an experienced or dependable worker or associate
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Word Origin and History for trouper
1890, "actor or performer in a troupe," agent noun from troupe. Transferred sense of "reliable, uncomplaining person" [OED] is attested by 1942, American English.
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