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trouper

[troo-per]
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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 of trouper

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90; troupe + -er1
Can be confusedtrooper trouper
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Examples from the Web for trouper

Historical Examples

  • The woman had been a trouper in the old days of one-night stands.

    Gigolo

    Edna Ferber

  • And he there made those excellent verses of the Trouper (quaere).

  • "That is because I am a trouper, and troupers live in their trunks," smiled Anne.


British Dictionary definitions for trouper

trouper

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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