wran·​gler | \ˈraŋ-g(ə-)lər \

Definition of wrangler 

1 : a bickering disputant

2 [ short for horse-wrangler, probably partial translation of Mexican Spanish caballerango groom ] : a ranch hand who takes care of the saddle horses broadly : cowboy

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Examples of wrangler in a Sentence

a rough-hewn wrangler who never says much known as a petty, unrelenting wrangler who likes argument for the sake of argument

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Don’t fear the guides: The wrangler on the horseback ride can provide color commentary about the region. Peter Reese, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Way To Spend 72 Hours at Jackson Hole," 31 July 2018 This first-person adventure (which has VR and non-VR versions) drops you into a fantasy village as a falcon wrangler. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "The 16 surprising new games that made PAX West an absolute blast," 9 Sep. 2018 As a rule, humans intervene only once a year: when wranglers come to catch the young stallions by hand on the last Saturday in May, a sight that drew about 15,000 spectators this year to the arena where the event is held. Washington Post, "AP PHOTOS: German wranglers corral wild stallions," 27 May 2018 The apartment resident called a snake wrangler and captured the event on video. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "When a 6-foot snake slithered out of his toilet, dad knocked son over running away, he says," 12 June 2018 Instead of rolling your eyes and cursing under your breath, offer to help, particularly if the luggage wrangler in question is too short to reach the overhead bin, has difficulty hoisting weight above her head, or is a senior citizen. Christopher Muther, BostonGlobe.com, "Six ways we can all be more civil and helpful to each other on planes," 26 June 2018 There were baby wranglers aplenty to ensure that the small actor was doing fine — and the baby’s mom also was a matter of feet away — so the well-fed baby actress basically just lay there and gurgled happily. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "When's the last time you saw a real baby on stage? A suggestion for 'Cry It Out'," 22 May 2018 An aid to John Hammond, the Jurassic Park founder, has convinced Dallas Bryce Howard’s Claire Dearing (now a dino-rights activist) and Chris Pratt’s former raptor wrangler Owen Grady to help get the dinosaurs off the island. Washington Post, "In ‘Jurassic World,’ a dino-sized animal-rights parable," 18 June 2018 The wrangler seemed to catch the cobra but the snake managed to get away. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "When a 6-foot snake slithered out of his toilet, dad knocked son over running away, he says," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of wrangler

circa 1510, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of wrangler

: a person who takes care of horses on a ranch


wran·​gler | \ˈraŋ-glər \

Kids Definition of wrangler

1 : a person who quarrels

2 : a worker on a ranch who tends horses or cattle

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