han·dler | \ˈhan(d)-lər, 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

Lineup 4: Cunningham, Perry, Nwora, Sutton, Enoch Once again this pairs the creative Cunningham with Perry, giving Louisville a dynamic pair of handlers who generate offense. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "Who will start for Louisville basketball? 5 combos Chris Mack can use," 26 June 2018 Jason Converse, a retired military K-9 handler who now manages product safety for a Denver-area manufacturing plant, bought his first Harley last year, a 2017 Fat Bob. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "Trump's battle with Harley-Davidson over foreign tariffs tests motorcycle riders' loyalty," 28 June 2018 Officers must go through a rigorous interview process to be selected as a K-9 handler, according to Valley Division Lt. Kayla Fitzgerald, sacbee, "Seven new CHP K-9 officers are top dogs at graduation ceremony," 28 June 2018 Any agreement is a big focus in Louisville because there are 10,000 UPS package handlers and truck drivers represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 89 here, the largest group working for UPS in a single region. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "UPS hourly workers vote to strike, if needed, amid contract talks," 6 June 2018 Ditto for the two other teams of handlers and hawks patrolling the area. Kale Williams, OregonLive.com, "Latest weapon in Portland's war on bird poop: more birds," 7 Feb. 2018 One was given to Trooper Ed Anuszewski, Texas’s handler and partner. Bill Leukhardt, courant.com, "Lost Bloodhound Sparks Drive To Get State Dogs GPS Collars," 7 Jan. 2018 Police believe the suspect would have shot Bruno's handler had the K-9 not taken the bullet. Grant Suneson And John Harrington, USA TODAY, "The 25 most heroic dogs in America," 5 July 2018 Armed with armbands and a simple, short lease, handlers could be seen trotting to showcase the right pace for a dog's breed and build. Matthew Dolan, Detroit Free Press, "Prized pooches pampered, praised at Detroit Kennel Club annual show," 24 June 2018

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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

: a person who guides, helps, or manages a political or public figure

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