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trouper

[troo-per] /ˈtru pər/
noun
1.
an actor, especially a member of a touring company.
2.
a veteran actor.
3.
a loyal, dependable worker or participant in an undertaking:
He's a real trouper, even when the going is rough.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90, Americanism; troupe + -er1
Can be confused
trooper, trouper.
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British Dictionary definitions for trouper

trouper

/ˈtruːpə/
noun
1.
a member of a troupe
2.
an experienced or dependable worker or associate
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Word Origin and History for trouper
n.

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

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