han·​dler | \ ˈhan(d)-lər How to pronounce handler (audio) , ˈhan-dᵊl-ər\

Definition of handler

1 : one that handles something
2a : a person in immediate physical charge of an animal especially : a person who exhibits dogs at shows or field trials
b : a person who trains or acts as second for a boxer
c : a manager of a political or public figure or campaign

Examples of handler in a Sentence

a dog handler and breeder a politician and his handlers

Recent Examples on the Web

Late last month, handlers anxiously introduced 35 Meuse Rhine Issel cows, a breed native to the Netherlands, to the two-story floating platform. Braden Phillips, Smithsonian, "Will Cities of the Future Have Floating Farms?," 13 July 2019 Instead, baggage handlers count bags on the tarmac and fill planes based on average luggage weight. Dallas News, "FAA moves three senior managers overseeing Southwest Airlines amid federal investigation," 26 June 2019 Airport handlers removed heavy parcels wrapped in brown cardboard, which didn’t pass through the airport’s regular customs procedures, says Mr. Enanga, the Ugandan police spokesman. Nicholas Bariyo, WSJ, "How 7.4 Tons of Venezuela’s Gold Landed in Africa—and Vanished," 18 June 2019 Like, Ashley’s handlers are nervous about her ruining her squeaky-clean image. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Black Mirror season 5 stops worrying and learns to love technology: EW review," 5 June 2019 Or, that's what Kufrin's media handlers are telling her to tell us, anyway. refinery29.com, "Becca Kufrin Would Love To Go To Arie & Lauren's Wedding," 24 May 2018 After the speeches, handlers steered two of the machines into the crowds. James Vincent, The Verge, "I welcomed our new robot overlords at Amazon’s first AI conference," 27 June 2019 Police Chief Ed Tomba indicated that the German shepherd will be purchased for $12,800, with the MHPD handler’s vehicle requiring $5,610 in gear to accommodate the dog. Beth Mlady, cleveland.com, "Middleburg Heights will get first-ever canine police officer," 27 June 2019 Helen Mirren and Luke Evans play Anna’s handlers, while Cillian Murphy is a CIA agent who sees through her secret identity, and tries to take advantage of his intel. Noel Murray, chicagotribune.com, "‘Anna’ movie review: You’ve seen this female action hero before, in a better version titled ‘La Femme Nikita’," 26 June 2019

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First Known Use of handler

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of handler

: a person who trains or controls an animal
: a person who carries or handles something
chiefly US : a person who guides, helps, or manages a political or public figure

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