follow Dictionary.com

8 Wintry Words to Defrost Your Vocabulary

paratrooper

[par-uh-troo-per] /ˈpær əˌtru pər/
noun
1.
a member of a military infantry unit trained to attack or land in combat areas by parachuting from airplanes.
Origin
1940-1945
1940-45; para-3 + trooper
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for paratrooper
  • There was another paratrooper in the back, one more curled up in the trunk.
  • He's a big guy, a former paratrooper and prosecutor.
  • He lost his eyesight after serving as a paratrooper and taking knocks to the head.
Word Origin and History for paratrooper
n.

1941, from parachute + trooper. The collective noun paratroops is first recorded 1940. Earliest reference is to the German invaders who were expected to drop on England.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for paratrooper

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for paratrooper

15
17
Scrabble Words With Friends