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

Unlike other airlines, which use scanners to calculate weights, Southwest baggage handlers do so by hand in a meticulous process that factors in the weight and positions of baggage, cargo, and passengers. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "FAA: Southwest Airlines Miscalculated Baggage Weights to an Alarming Degree," 19 Feb. 2019 There’s no perfect comp here, but following in the footsteps of lead ball-handlers like Simmons and Ball, Doncic has a knack for making his teammates better. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "2018 NBA Draft: Luka Doncic Scouting Report and Highlights," 18 June 2018 Most of their recognizable wedding gowns are presented on their Couture runways rather than down aisles, and require teams of handlers to help the models pivot and turn given the weight of the embroidery on the gowns' trains and accompanying veils. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Who Are Ralph & Russo? Meet The Duo Possibly Behind Meghan Markle's Wedding Gown.," 9 May 2018 And flanked by an assortment of handlers during Super Bowl week, including his publicist, Cousins repeatedly declined media requests, save for interviews prearranged through a sponsorship. Mark Maske, chicagotribune.com, "Kirk Cousins expected to sign with Minnesota Vikings," 13 Mar. 2018 Get recommendations of compost handlers from friends or neighbors who have had loads without many weed seeds. OregonLive.com, "How to defend lawns, gardens against invasive weeds," 27 Feb. 2018 Today the ministry includes 130 golden retrievers in 23 states, with a minimum of five volunteer handlers and two volunteer caregivers per dog. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Comfort dog from Grayslake church gives 'a moment to escape' for survivors of Florida school shooting," 19 Feb. 2018 But with Sheen and his all-star team of professional handlers, Nails met his match. Gary Baum, The Hollywood Reporter, "Hollywood's Most Toxic Bromance: The Implosion of Charlie Sheen and Lenny Dykstra," 7 Feb. 2018 That last point is important, because domestic animals are incredibly good at picking up cues from their handlers. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Horses may understand human emotion, especially anger," 6 Sep. 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
chiefly US : a person who guides, helps, or manages a political or public figure

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