Definition of squaddie in English:


(also squaddy)


  • A private soldier.

    • ‘He sailed to France with thousands of other young squaddies and was transferred to the Manchester Regiment to replace another gunner who had been shot dead.’
    • ‘Captain Baker said morale among the called-up squaddies remained high despite the painful separation from loved ones.’
    • ‘Drunk squaddies out on the town could soon be causing chaos around the Lyneham area if cuts in MoD police go-ahead, MP James Gray has warned.’
    • ‘PT was a regular feature of the morning, still then taught by ex-Army men only recently retired from square-bashing squaddies.’
    • ‘When squaddies leave the army they are not treated any better.’
    • ‘Gunner Palace does show the day-to-day life of the squaddies, although it could have been condensed to 15 minutes, instead of 85.’
    • ‘Military skills are a vital part of being a mercenary, but the successful mercenary needs other skills that the average squaddie never picks up during his military career.’
    • ‘Their experience had been shared by two million squaddies and is etched into the souls of all those who served.’
    • ‘The youngest squaddie to win the Military Cross was yesterday decorated by the Queen.’
    • ‘Tonight I'm on night patrol in the van with Phil, an ex squaddie who wishes he hadn't left the Army.’
    • ‘The army revealed last week that it is spending £2bn on moving squaddies out of barracks and into individual flats in a bid to root out the causes of mob bullying.’
    • ‘It is a place where rank counts for little, where officers can talk with the squaddies as equals.’
    • ‘He always wanted to be a soldier and signed on at 15, becoming a full-time squaddie at 18.’
    • ‘I'm doing BFBS (British Forces Broadcasting Sevice) next Friday at 1.30 pm, so if you know any squaddies, get them to tune in.’
    • ‘A friend of mine went to the game and although he kept to the silence, he did come back and tell us that a group of people behind him who were booing the silence, were squaddies.’
    • ‘As far back as I can remember squaddies on the loose at home or abroad were not a welcome sight.’
    • ‘At the other end of the scale, many squaddies - if they'll forgive the term - leaving the forces are denied entry to the police because they lack the educational qualifications.’
    • ‘At Edinburgh, a gaggle of squaddies boarded the train.’
    • ‘Imagine a group of squaddies on the town with as much money as a Premiership player and you would anticipate testosterone-fuelled trouble.’
    • ‘There are UK warships at harbour here, and off duty squaddies roaring around the streets on mopeds, but what we really came to see is apes, Barbary Apes.’
    private soldier, common soldier
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