a person who commits or practices sabotage.

Origin of saboteur

1920–25; < French, equivalent to sabot(er) to botch (see sabotage) + -eur -eur Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for saboteur

Contemporary Examples of saboteur

  • Over the course of a convincingly dreary London winter, a love triangle forms, with David in the role of underminer and saboteur.

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    A Vile Love Triangle

    Taylor Antrim

    July 23, 2009

Historical Examples of saboteur

  • Then it can be guessed what this saboteur will think and do.

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    Murray Leinster

  • Strangely enough, Richter bothered him more than the saboteur.

  • If there's a saboteur aboard—and I think there is—then the whole operation's in jeopardy.

  • The presence of a saboteur on the Aztec represented a bungle in his department.

  • In the first hours of the new morning Gotch named the saboteur.

British Dictionary definitions for saboteur



a person who commits sabotage

Word Origin for saboteur

C20: from French; see sabotage
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Word Origin and History for saboteur

1912 (from 1909 as a French word in English), a borrowing of the French agent noun from sabotage (see sabotage (n.)).

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