han·​dler ˈhan(d)-lər How to pronounce handler (audio)
: one that handles something
: a person in immediate physical charge of an animal
especially : a person who exhibits dogs at shows or field trials
: a person who trains or acts as second for a boxer
: 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 Once, when President Clinton was visiting Syria, President Hafez al-Assad’s handlers tried to prevent Clinton’s military aide from riding in an elevator with him. Annie Jacobsen, TIME, 11 Apr. 2024 The ship pilot also interacts with the Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service and other ships in the area, and coordinates with the tugboats and line handlers to be able to safely maneuver the vessel close to the pier or when a ship is leaving the berth. Allan Post, The Conversation, 26 Mar. 2024 At every shoot there were never handlers, or assistants or a PR person. Addie Morfoot, Variety, 29 Mar. 2024 For a groundhog full of surprises, this one has been like no other for Phil’s handlers and the world. Emily Hung, NBC News, 28 Mar. 2024 His dad’s handler could be in there right now, wondering what the hell his pet writer’s kid was doing out in the cold. Lily Meyer, The Atlantic, 25 Mar. 2024 In the detention memo, prosecutors describe numerous occasions in recent months where Smirnov told his FBI handler about meetings with high-ranking Russian intelligence officials. Josh Meyer, USA TODAY, 12 Mar. 2024 Servers cut cramped zigzags across the packed ballroom wielding trays of bubbling hot mac ’n’ cheese, truffle pizza and petite cheeseburgers with tiny paper cones full of crisp fries while winners waited with their handlers to see their statues marked with their wins. Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times, 11 Mar. 2024 Video Image In his current job for the last seven years, Mr. McKenzie previously worked as a reptile handler at the Australia Zoo. Natasha Frost David Maurice Smith, New York Times, 14 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of handler was in the 14th century

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“Handler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handler. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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