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

To him, the tactile nature of the art-handler job felt like a perfect fit. Daisy Alioto |, WSJ, "They Get Paid to Touch the Art," 3 Nov. 2018 The mice didn’t interact or share cages with non-relatives, but Moeller and his colleagues say there were plenty of chances for bacteria to pass between them through the laboratory environment or on the hands of their human handlers. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Mammals inherit most of their gut bacteria, new study suggests," 26 Oct. 2018 The ball-handler doesn't adjust by taking a step back to the 3-point arc to create better spacing and shifting to his right to create the 45-degree angle to make the entry pass easier. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Jaren Jackson Jr. sits in middle of Grizzlies' efforts to rebuild grit-and-grind identity," 11 July 2018 Did the Milwaukee Bucks really need another ball-handler? Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "How national pundits grade Milwaukee's NBA draft selection of Villanova's Donte DiVincenzo," 22 June 2018 She was pestered by pan-handlers and walked through restaurants filled with dozens of patrons, all focused on their meals and conversation. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Cyberpunk 2077 is part RPG, part shooter, part GTA-style mayhem," 13 June 2018 Experienced dog handlers work one-on-one with each dog owner and their dog to train the dog to avoid the sight, smell and sound of rattlesnakes, skunks and porcupines. Michelle Jenkins, idahostatesman, "Boise Bike Week celebrates cycling in all its forms | Idaho Statesman," 7 May 2018 Milwaukee switched often, denied passes inside and made every movement hard for Boston's ball-handlers, especially Rozier, who had four first-quarter turnovers and five on the night after going 78 minutes without a giveaway in Games 1 and 2. Matt Velazquez, USA TODAY, "Milwaukee Bucks rout Boston Celtics in Game 3 of NBA playoff series," 21 Apr. 2018 So really that's only three ball-handlers in Walker, Muhammad and Washington. Bill Landis, cleveland.com, "Ohio State basketball recruiting: Resetting Buckeyes' 2019 targets after Alonzo Gaffney commitment," 17 Apr. 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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