Rhodesian EnglishShow more Probably from Rhodesian (Zimbabwean) English, adaptation of trooper.
A private soldier, especially a national serviceman. Also attributive.
1975J.H. Picard inEng. Usage in Sn Afr.Vol.6No.1, 36Some of the troepies with particularly dirty habits..receive the title vuilgat...Of course some ‘troepies’ are impatient for their period of service to end.
1977Rand Daily Mail 13 Jan.Man, us troepies is sommer bangled. Any troepie will tell you that the drie-streep korporaal met ’n volume control who sent that Jimmy vuiluil to Durban Beach after he was bangled in the varkpen is a koptoe ou. Gobbledegook? By no means. It is the lingua franca of the Defence Force.
1979Daily Dispatch 21 Mar. 10If one man in a platoon did not pull his weight then all the men suffered,..and they soon ‘encouraged’ the tardy troopie to do his bit.
1980Sunday Times 14 Dec. 17Troopies come marching home on Friday. Friday is D-Day — Demobilisation Day — for thousands of young men.
1980Cape Times 17 Jan. 2It’s hard to believe it in sweltering January, but a troopie’s best friend is his greatcoat — with his steel trunk and his pillow next on the list.
1981Fair Lady 8 Apr. 7We live in a small town which has been a camp for basic training for thousands of troepies over the years.
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