A word for one who perseveres?

Is there a noun to describe a person who perseveres? I suppose a survivor is one who has survived difficult circumstances, and a soldier could be one that soldiers on, but neither word has quite the right connotation. I want the sense of “continue in a course of action even in the face of difficulty” without necessarily calling to mind images of trauma or war.


I think the best slang term I can think of is trooper.

Anyone who exhibits EXTREME perseverence, fortitude, and tenacity.


  • Bill has had cancer 4 times and is still in great shape, he’s such a trooper.

Note: As Gnawme indicated in the comments trouper is an alternative spelling.

I also offer stoic, as it is someone who perseveres and does so without complaining.

noun noun: stoic; plural noun: stoics; noun: Stoic; plural noun:

  1. a person who can endure pain or hardship without showing their feelings or complaining.

And since I cannot resist on using sports terms for everything. If this person were playing football, soccer, baseball, basketball, and they went through a lot of hardships and injuries yet still played on through everything they might be called a gamer.

Usage: Bob has a pulled hamstring and a beat up foot but he has played the last 3 days, he such a gamer.

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