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

What role, if any, his Russian handlers had in the emergence of his memoir is not specified. The Economist, "Edward Snowden’s memoir reveals some (but not all)," 13 Sep. 2019 Most of all, disabled persons aren’t allowed to earn their food handler’s certificate, meaning Sang can’t make the curry or slice the cucumbers for the banh mi. Priya Krishna, Bon Appétit, "The Vietnamese Sandwich Shop Teaching Dallas How to Hire Differently," 12 Sep. 2019 Bowdie, along with his handler, Tyler Garstka, made a special visit to the library for an afternoon. Michael Walsh, courant.com, "Granby Kids Meet Four-Legged Star Of ‘Because Of Winn-Dixie’," 10 Sep. 2019 The police department has been fundraising for a second K-9 to work the 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. shift while Hatto works the 2 to 10 p.m. shift with its handler, officer Darren von Bereghy. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Meet the 3-year-old girl who is selling lemonade to raise money for Germantown's K-9 unit," 6 Sep. 2019 CalMatters / Fresno Bee Long Beach police have launched an internal investigation into the death of a dog found in his handler’s car, apparently from heat. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Seniors are being hit especially hard by California’s housing crisis," 30 Aug. 2019 Ames’s first gift to his K.G.B. handlers consisted of C.I.A. phone lists. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "Are Spies More Trouble Than They’re Worth?," 26 Aug. 2019 The dog, Ozzy, was found by its handler when both were off-duty about 3:40 p.m. on August 14, the Long Beach Police Department said in a statement. Jay Croft, CNN, "California police report death of K9 in patrol car apparently due to heat," 24 Aug. 2019 For his part, Duran has assisted MLB investigators looking into allegations of improprieties involving teenage prospects, their handlers, and team scouts, according to Reilly and former MLB investigator Eddie Dominguez. Bob Hohler, BostonGlobe.com, "Dominican official probing David Ortiz shooting is also on MLB payroll," 24 Aug. 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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