noun (plural troopies)South African • informal
- A soldier, especially a national serviceman: the town serves as a camp for basic training for troopiesMore example sentences
- 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.
- 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.
- ‘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.