soldier

[ sohl-jer ]
/ ˈsoʊl dʒər /

noun

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.

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Origin of soldier

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

OTHER WORDS FROM soldier

sol·dier·ship, nounnon·sol·dier, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for soldier

soldier
/ (ˈsəʊldʒə) /

noun

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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