Definition of sapper in English:


Syllabification: sap·per
Pronunciation: /ˈsapər


A soldier responsible for tasks such as building and repairing roads and bridges, laying and clearing mines, etc.
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  • This is extremely significant when you consider the reduction of the number of sappers in combat engineer companies.
  • Without tackling these issues, we will not see the necessary synergy between several seemingly disparate Army cultures: the sapper, the topographic engineer, and the MP.
  • A handful - their numbers are not known - served as bomb disposal sappers, working to disarm the weapons of destruction, not to inflict them on the innocent.


early 17th century: from the verb sap2 + -er1.

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