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 Pakistan’s army, particularly its intelligence wing, would serve as the handler, host, and trainer. New York Times, "Biden’s Afghan Pullout Is a Victory for Pakistan. But at What Cost?," 15 Apr. 2021 Tippett’s handler, Sergeant Gregory Keane, said the dog died Friday at home after a brief illness, surrounded by Keane’s family and his favorite toys. BostonGlobe.com, "State Police mourn Tippett, K-9 who served nearly nine years," 11 Apr. 2021 As punishment, Loki is enlisted by his TVA handler, Mobius M. Mobius (played by Owen Wilson) to help fix the fracture. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, "Tom Hiddleston Gets the Bureaucratic Book Thrown at Him in New ‘Loki’ Trailer," 5 Apr. 2021 The agency said that tipsters who report to the FCA will have a dedicated case handler, who can address their concerns and provide optional regular updates throughout the investigation. Mengqi Sun, WSJ, "U.K. Financial Regulator Pushes for More Whistleblowing," 26 Mar. 2021 The dog’s handler, who was off-duty, informed a Canine Unit supervisor of the incident. oregonlive, "Portland police dog removed from service amid investigation after biting 2 people," 15 Mar. 2021 John Weisert, 74, who went by his middle name, Steve, had worked part-time as a package handler for about four years at FedEx. Lawrence Andrea, USA TODAY, "FedEx shooting: Who were the Indianapolis victims, suspect? Why didn't state 'red flag' law stop attack? What we know.," 19 Apr. 2021 His final job was as a package handler at FedEx in Indianapolis. Anchorage Daily News, "The lives lost in the FedEx shooting in Indianapolis," 18 Apr. 2021 Weisert was a part-time package handler at FedEx and worked the evening shift, according to his son. BostonGlobe.com, "What we know so far about the victims of the Indianapolis shooting," 17 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of handler

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Handler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handler. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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