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troopie, noun

Forms:
Also troepie.
Origin:
Rhodesian EnglishShow more Probably from Rhodesian (Zimbabwean) English, adaptation of trooper.
colloquial
A private soldier, especially a national serviceman. Also attributive.
1975 J.H. Picard in Eng. Usage in Sn Afr. Vol.6 No.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.
1992 Weekly Mail 6 Mar. 30Any troepie who shows reticence or queasiness is branded a ‘moffie’.
A private soldier, especially a national serviceman. Also attributive.

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