sapper

[ sap-er ]
/ ˈsæp ər /

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. saporous,
  2. sapota,
  3. sapotaceous,
  4. sapote,
  5. sappanwood,
  6. sapphic,
  7. sapphic ode,
  8. sapphira,
  9. sapphire,
  10. sapphirine

Origin of sapper

First recorded in 1620–30; sap2 + -er1

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British Dictionary definitions for sapper

sapper

/ (ˈsæpə) /

noun

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

Sapper

/ (ˈsæpə) /

noun

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

sapper

n.

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

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