a member of a military infantry unit trained to attack or land in combat areas by parachuting from airplanes.

Nearby words

  1. parathyroidectomy,
  2. parathyrotropic,
  3. paratonic,
  4. paratransit,
  5. paratroop,
  6. paratroops,
  7. paratrophic,
  8. paratuberculosis,
  9. paratype,
  10. paratyphoid

Origin of paratrooper

First recorded in 1940–45; para-3 + trooper Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for paratrooper



1941, from parachute + trooper. The collective noun paratroops is first recorded 1940. Earliest reference is to the German invaders who were expected to drop on England.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper