Definition of squaddie in English:


(also squaddy)


British informal
  • A private soldier.

    • ‘Military skills are a vital part of being a mercenary, but the successful mercenary needs other skills that the average squaddie never picks up during his military career.’
    • ‘The youngest squaddie to win the Military Cross was yesterday decorated by the Queen.’
    • ‘When squaddies leave the army they are not treated any better.’
    • ‘Tonight I'm on night patrol in the van with Phil, an ex squaddie who wishes he hadn't left the Army.’
    • ‘The army revealed last week that it is spending £2bn on moving squaddies out of barracks and into individual flats in a bid to root out the causes of mob bullying.’
    • ‘Gunner Palace does show the day-to-day life of the squaddies, although it could have been condensed to 15 minutes, instead of 85.’
    • ‘He always wanted to be a soldier and signed on at 15, becoming a full-time squaddie at 18.’
    • ‘He sailed to France with thousands of other young squaddies and was transferred to the Manchester Regiment to replace another gunner who had been shot dead.’
    • ‘It is a place where rank counts for little, where officers can talk with the squaddies as equals.’
    • ‘Their experience had been shared by two million squaddies and is etched into the souls of all those who served.’
    • ‘Captain Baker said morale among the called-up squaddies remained high despite the painful separation from loved ones.’
    • ‘I'm doing BFBS (British Forces Broadcasting Sevice) next Friday at 1.30 pm, so if you know any squaddies, get them to tune in.’
    • ‘At the other end of the scale, many squaddies - if they'll forgive the term - leaving the forces are denied entry to the police because they lack the educational qualifications.’
    • ‘There are UK warships at harbour here, and off duty squaddies roaring around the streets on mopeds, but what we really came to see is apes, Barbary Apes.’
    • ‘Drunk squaddies out on the town could soon be causing chaos around the Lyneham area if cuts in MoD police go-ahead, MP James Gray has warned.’
    • ‘PT was a regular feature of the morning, still then taught by ex-Army men only recently retired from square-bashing squaddies.’
    • ‘At Edinburgh, a gaggle of squaddies boarded the train.’
    • ‘Imagine a group of squaddies on the town with as much money as a Premiership player and you would anticipate testosterone-fuelled trouble.’
    • ‘A friend of mine went to the game and although he kept to the silence, he did come back and tell us that a group of people behind him who were booing the silence, were squaddies.’
    • ‘As far back as I can remember squaddies on the loose at home or abroad were not a welcome sight.’
    private soldier, common soldier