sapper 1620s, in a military context; agent noun from SAP (Cf. sap) (v.).

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  • Sapper — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Agnes Sapper (1852–1929), deutsche Schriftstellerin Anna Sapper (1882–1969), deutsche Sprachlehrerin Eduard Sapper (1837–1898), deutscher Jurist Karl Sapper (1866–1945) Reisender, Sammler, Antiquar und… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • sapper — SAPPER. v. a. Travailler avec le pic & la pioche à destruire les fondements d un édifice pour le faire tomber. Sapper une muraille, la sapper par le pied, par les fondements. Il se dit fig. En parlant de morale & de politique. Sapper les… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • sapper — Sapper, actiu. acut. Vient de ce mot Italien Zappa, Qui est l instrument dequoy l on fouyt en terre, ainsi sapper c est fouyr par le pied et fondement dans terre, et par metaphore on dit sapper une muraille, une tour, quand on luy fait evaser le… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • Sapper — Sap per, n. [Cf. F. sapeur.] One who saps; specifically (Mil.), one who is employed in working at saps, building and repairing fortifications, and the like. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sapper — Sapper, Karl, Geograph und Reisender, geb. 6. Febr. 1866 in Wittislingen bei Dillingen, studierte Naturwissenschaften in München, ging 1886 nach Guatemala, wo er in der Umgegend von Coban neben der Leitung von Kaffee und Kautschukplantagen… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • sapper — ► NOUN 1) a military engineer who lays or detects and disarms mines. 2) Brit. a soldier in the Corps of Royal Engineers. ORIGIN from SAP(Cf. ↑sap) …   English terms dictionary

  • sapper — [sap′ər] n. 1. a soldier employed in digging saps, laying mines, etc. 2. a person or thing that saps …   English World dictionary

  • Sapper — For other uses, see Sapper (disambiguation). The sappers ( sapeurs ) of the French Foreign Legion traditionally sport large beards, wear leather aprons and gloves and carry axes …   Wikipedia

  • sapper — UK [ˈsæpə(r)] / US [ˈsæpər] noun [countable] Word forms sapper : singular sapper plural sappers British a soldier whose job is to dig tunnels and build or repair bridges and roads …   English dictionary

  • sapper — /sap euhr/, n. a soldier employed in the construction of fortifications, trenches, or tunnels that approach or undermine enemy positions. [1620 30; SAP2 + ER1] * * * Military engineer. The name is derived from the French word sappe ( trench ),… …   Universalium

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