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.

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 on (1 of 2)

soldier on

verb

(intr, adverb) to persist in one's efforts in spite of difficulties, pressure, etc

British Dictionary definitions for soldier on (2 of 2)

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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