heel·​er | \ ˈhē-lər How to pronounce heeler (audio) \

Definition of heeler

1a : one that heels
2a : a henchman of a local political boss
b : a worker for a local party organization especially : ward heeler

Examples of heeler in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Animal: Laura, a 3-year-old, 40-pound Queensland heeler blend. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Pet of the week looking for hugs," 2 Aug. 2019 At the Abilene championships, Freeman (a header) and Moore (a heeler) placed in all three rounds. Brett Hoffman, star-telegram, "Tolar's Freeman wins state in team roping; Weatherford's Berry wins break-away title," 24 June 2018 But Cropper, a dog trainer, knew their pets: three red heelers and a golden doodle. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Only one got out’: Man says he tried to save dogs trapped in Wasilla-area fire," 19 June 2018 Against all odds, the red heeler had survived three winters alone in the woods of Burlington. Saryn Chorney, PEOPLE.com, "Missing Dog Lost in Woods Survives Three Years on Fast Food and Car Wash Water, Finally Reunites with Family," 19 June 2018 Otherworldly cities modeled on real ones have been a standby of fantasy, from Superman’s Metropolis through China Miéville’s Un Lun Dun to Michael Swanwick’s Babel, with its haints and kobolds, ethnic politics and human ward-heelers. Tom Shippey, WSJ, "Science Fiction: The Fire This Time," 16 Mar. 2018 Among the breeds of dogs removed were huskies, Labradors, red heelers, malty-poos, Dobermen, Malteses, Shih-tzus, Pomeranians, Corgies, highland terriers, golden retrievers, Yorkshire terriers and Australian shepherds, Bevier said. Robert Allen, Detroit Free Press, "Woman with 200 dogs, 32 horses arrested on animal-cruelty charges, sheriff's office says," 5 Jan. 2018 Wallace doesn’t skimp on the seedy underside, with labyrinthine tales of gangsters and gamblers, crooked cops and greedy ward-heelers. Joseph Berger, New York Times, "The 20 Years That Made New York City," 9 Oct. 2017 Gibson (14869/2240) is a male Lancashire heeler mix who was found as a stray. Washington Post, "Prince William County adopt a pet," 2 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of heeler

1647, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Heeler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heeler. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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