A saboteur is a person who makes a mess of a situation on purpose. You might call your little brother a saboteur for letting the air out of your bicycle tires, but you could be a saboteur in return by filling his shoes with cold spaghetti.

Saboteur is a noun that is fairly new to the English language; it was first used in the early 1900s, and it refers to a person who deliberately destroys or obstructs something. It comes from the French word, saboter, which really and truly means to kick something with an old-fashioned wooden shoe. We can only hope that one day the word Nikeur might enter the English language to mean a person who kicks something with a sneaker.

Definitions of saboteur
  1. noun

    someone who commits sabotage or deliberately causes wrecks

    diversionist, wrecker
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    a spy or saboteur or terrorist planted in an enemy country who lives there as a law-abiding citizen until activated by a prearranged signal
    type of:

    destroyer, ruiner, undoer, uprooter, waster

    a person who destroys or ruins or lays waste to

  2. noun

    a member of a clandestine subversive organization who tries to help a potential invader

    fifth columnist
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    type of:

    traitor, treasonist

    someone who betrays his country by committing treason

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