sapper

[ sap-er ]
/ ˈsæp ər /

noun

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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sapper

British Dictionary definitions for sapper (1 of 2)

sapper

/ (ˈsæpə) /

noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for sapper (2 of 2)

Sapper

/ (ˈsæpə) /

noun

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

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012