sapper

[sap-er]
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noun
  1. a soldier employed in the construction of fortifications, trenches, or tunnels that approach or undermine enemy positions.

Origin of sapper

First recorded in 1620–30; sap2 + -er1
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sapper

noun
  1. a soldier who digs trenches
  2. (in the British Army) a private of the Royal Engineers

Sapper

noun
  1. real name Herman Cyril McNeile . 1888–1937, British novelist, author of the popular thriller Bull-dog Drummond (1920) and its sequels
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Word Origin and History for sapper
n.

1620s, in a military context, "soldier employed in building fortifications," agent noun from sap (v.1).

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