from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A member of a theatrical company.
- n. A veteran actor or performer.
- n. A reliable, uncomplaining, often hard-working person.
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- n. A member of a theatrical company (a troupe).
- n. A veteran performer.
- n. A reliable, hard-working person; usually trooper.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person who is reliable and uncomplaining and hard working
- n. an actor who travels around the country presenting plays
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The piece called "the old trouper" is a good example of how smoothly the combination worked.
Ahem --- that's "trouper" and I'm sure JEN would never make that slip!
The expression is "trouper" as in part of the acting troupe ... not a trooper like part of a battalion ...
She was like that, a real trouper, always ready to make a party truly special.
Yet another former "Freaks and Geeks" trouper is turning his recent filmwork to gold -- and green.
Always the trouper, Candy had recovered and carried on as if all were normal.
It must have seemed like a strange welcome to a new land, but Cejas proved himself a trouper and just shouted ¡Ole!
Three-month-old trouper Georgia Teresa has slept through the night since birth—a boon for Dad, who's in the exhausting midst of previews for the musical comedy "Catch Me If You Can."
As i n a 2005 London production, he plays Robert, a sententious veteran trouper doing a season of rep with John (T.R. Knight), a promising young colleague.
And the addition of Roberto Alagna, who stepped in for an indisposed Marcelo Alvarez at the last minute, only helped matters; Alagna, as he showed in the Met's recent "Don Carlo," is a trouper, and turned in a solid, even ardent performance.