verb (used without object)

to act or serve as a soldier.
Informal. to loaf while pretending to work; malinger: He was soldiering on the job.

Verb Phrases

soldier on, to persist steadfastly in one's work; persevere: to soldier on until the work is done.

Nearby words

  1. sold out,
  2. sold-out,
  3. soldan,
  4. solder,
  5. soldering iron,
  6. soldier beetle,
  7. soldier bird,
  8. soldier crab,
  9. soldier fly,
  10. soldier of fortune

Origin of soldier

1250–1300; Middle English souldiour < Old French soudier, so(l)dier, equivalent to soulde pay (< Latin solidus; see sol2) + -ier -ier2

Related formssol·dier·ship, nounnon·sol·dier, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for soldier

British Dictionary definitions for soldier



  1. a person who serves or has served in an army
  2. Also called: common soldiera noncommissioned member of an army as opposed to a commissioned officer
a person who works diligently for a cause
a low-ranking member of the Mafia or other organized crime ring
  1. an individual in a colony of social insects, esp ants, that has powerful jaws adapted for defending the colony, crushing large food particles, etc
  2. (as modifier)soldier ant
informal a strip of bread or toast that is dipped into a soft-boiled egg

verb (intr)

to serve as a soldier
obsolete, slang to malinger or shirk

Word Origin for soldier

C13: from Old French soudier, from soude (army) pay, from Late Latin solidus a gold coin, from Latin: firm

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Word Origin and History for soldier
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