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View synonyms for sapper

sapper

[ sap-er ]

noun

  1. a soldier employed in the construction of fortifications, trenches, or tunnels that approach or undermine enemy positions.


Sapper

1

/ ˈsæpə /

noun

  1. Sapper18881937MBritishWRITING: thriller writer real name Herman Cyril McNeile . 1888–1937, British novelist, author of the popular thriller Bull-dog Drummond (1920) and its sequels


sapper

2

/ ˈsæpə /

noun

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

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Word History and Origins

Origin of sapper1

First recorded in 1620–30; sap 2 + -er 1

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Example Sentences

But the stage was set again; the curtain had risen; the watcher on Sapper's Hill had heralded the last act.

Although rainfall data are not available for Chinaj and Toocog, there are records for nearby stations (Sapper, 1932).

He was a self-educated-man; he had formerly been a sapper and he was one of the best and handiest working engineers alive.

"Captain wants to speak to you, sir," came the voice of the sapper from under the tarpaulin.

Down dives the sapper, and presently his face reappears, with "Headquarters to speak to you, sir."

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