One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural troopiesSouth African
A soldier, especially one performing national service.‘the town serves as a camp for basic training for troopies’
private soldier, common soldierView synonyms
- ‘Brit soldiers were taught to load only 12 per mag, and SAS troopies told me they were disciplined for having a thirteenth round in a magazine.’
- ‘‘For the record, I was a ‘troopie’ at Paratus, a photojournalist with no rank at all until the last four months of my national service.’
- ‘He and his planeload of South African troopies were arrested on a tip-off from South Africa when they stopped to take on a load of weapons, on order from a foreign agent.’
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