heel·​er ˈhē-lər How to pronounce heeler (audio)
: one that heels
: a henchman of a local political boss
: a worker for a local party organization
especially : ward heeler

Examples of heeler in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Lancashire heeler has been around since the 17th century, but the breed's exact origins are unknown, according to the American Kennel Club. Aliza Chasan, CBS News, 3 Jan. 2024 Bluey fans now have a new way to experience the blue heeler pup and her younger sister Bingo − one that invites them to join in on the adventure. Emilee Coblentz, USA TODAY, 13 Feb. 2024 The American Kennel Club announced Wednesday that the Lancashire heeler is the 201st breed. USA TODAY, 5 Jan. 2024 The couple were already busy with their red heeler mix named Zorro. Matt Keenan, Kansas City Star, 6 Feb. 2024 Among the 155 purebred breeds included in the dataset, Lancashire heelers tended to live the longest, with a median life expectancy of 15.4 years. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Feb. 2024 Size and head shape may help explain why certain breeds had a higher risk of an early death (French bulldogs, bloodhounds, Saint Bernards), whereas others had a much lower one (Lancashire heelers, Shiba Inus, border terriers). Jack Tamisiea, Scientific American, 2 Feb. 2024 But farming has modernized, and Lancashire heelers are no longer needed to steer cattle. Ben Brasch, Washington Post, 3 Jan. 2024 The Lancashire heeler got some paws-itively great news on Wednesday: the dog breed fetched a spot in the American Kennel Club's listing. Aliza Chasan, CBS News, 3 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1647, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of heeler was in 1647

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“Heeler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heeler. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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