[ troo-per ]
/ ˈtru pər /


an actor, especially a member of a touring company.
a veteran actor.
a loyal, dependable worker or participant in an undertaking: He's a real trouper, even when the going is rough.

Origin of trouper

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90; troupe + -er1
Can be confusedtrooper trouper Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for trouper


/ (ˈtruːpə) /


a member of a troupe
an experienced or dependable worker or associate
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

Word Origin and History for trouper



1890, "actor or performer in a troupe," agent noun from troupe. Transferred sense of "reliable, uncomplaining person" [OED] is attested by 1942, American English.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper