- a soldier employed in the construction of fortifications, trenches, or tunnels that approach or undermine enemy positions.
Origin of sapper
Related Words for sapperolive, blue-green, prospector, fir, sap, jade, sage, moss, pine, forest, sea, grass, peacock, apple, spinach, willow, verdigris, malachite, beryl, chartreuse
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Historical Examples of sapper
"There was a sapper of that name whom we met at Simla once, my dear," replied the Colonel.The Hero
William Somerset Maugham
Yes, every sin is a miner and sapper for a larger army in the rear.My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year
John Henry Jowett
But the sapper was free; 'free' was my last conscious thought.The Riddle of the Sands
Her heart had entered on a course of heavy thumping, like a sapper in the mine.Beauchamp's Career, Complete
Nothing was sacred from that mimic any more than from a sapper.Khartoum Campaign, 1898
- a soldier who digs trenches
- (in the British Army) a private of the Royal Engineers
- real name Herman Cyril McNeile . 1888–1937, British novelist, author of the popular thriller Bull-dog Drummond (1920) and its sequels
1620s, in a military context, "soldier employed in building fortifications," agent noun from sap (v.1).