- the activity or career of a person who soldiers.
Origin of soldiering
- a person who serves in an army; a person engaged in military service.
- an enlisted man or woman, as distinguished from a commissioned officer: the soldiers' mess and the officers' mess.
- a person of military skill or experience: George Washington was a great soldier.
- a person who contends or serves in any cause: a soldier of the Lord.
- Also called button man. Slang. a low-ranking member of a crime organization or syndicate.
- a member of a caste of sexually underdeveloped female ants or termites specialized, as with powerful jaws, to defend the colony from invaders.
- a similar member of a caste of worker bees, specialized to protect the hive.
- a brick laid vertically with the narrower long face out.Compare rowlock(def 2).
- Informal. a person who avoids work or pretends to work; loafer; malingerer.
- to act or serve as a soldier.
- Informal. to loaf while pretending to work; malinger: He was soldiering on the job.
- soldier on, to persist steadfastly in one's work; persevere: to soldier on until the work is done.
Origin of soldier
Examples from the Web for soldiering
Reprinted with permission from WWII: A Chronicle of Soldiering by James Jones, published by the University of Chicago Press.Blood in the Sand: When James Jones Wrote a Grunt’s View of D-Day
November 15, 2014
But the confusion points to more serious problems with how our society thinks about both sex and soldiering.Why These Marines Love ‘Frozen’—and Why It Matters
Aaron B. O’Connell
June 27, 2014
But there are two other candidates as well who are soldiering along without any national attention.Nebraska’s GOP Cage Match
March 21, 2014
As a teenager he developed a passion for soldiering, or, rather, the idea of it.Proof of Life: America’s last POW
January 16, 2014
ABC is soldiering on with the series, even though, with the loss of Oh, it will be on creative life support.Pull the Plug on 'Grey's Anatomy'
August 16, 2013
It is nothing to trouble you, because your soldiering is done, John; and greatly done.Echoes of the War
J. M. Barrie
The headaches that had begun while he was soldiering were increasing.Southern Lights and Shadows
He entered the army, and, after seven years of soldiering was discharged in 1859.A Zola Dictionary
J. G. Patterson
We had every thing to learn, and this was our first lesson in soldiering.Three Years in the Federal Cavalry
The General, by the easiest of transitions, passed on to the subject of soldiering in India.Mary Gray
- a person who serves or has served in an army
- 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
- an individual in a colony of social insects, esp ants, that has powerful jaws adapted for defending the colony, crushing large food particles, etc
- (as modifier)soldier ant
- informal a strip of bread or toast that is dipped into a soft-boiled egg
- to serve as a soldier
- obsolete, slang to malinger or shirk
Word Origin and History for soldiering
c.1300, souder, from Old French soudier, soldier "one who serves in the army for pay," from Medieval Latin soldarius "a soldier" (cf. Spanish soldado, Italian soldato and French soldat "soldier," which is borrowed from Italian), literally "one having pay," from Late Latin soldum, extended sense of accusative of Latin solidus, name of a Roman gold coin (see solidus). The -l- has been regular in English since mid-14c., in imitation of Latin. Willie and Joe always say sojer in the Bill Mauldin cartoons, and this seems to mirror 16c.-17c. spellings sojar, soger, sojour.
"to serve as a soldier," 1640s, from soldier (n.). Related: Soldiered; soldiering. To soldier on "persist doggedly" is attested from 1954.