wran·​gler | \ ˈraŋ-g(ə-)lər How to pronounce wrangler (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web Antle, a prominent animal wrangler and zoo owner featured in a 2015 Rolling Stone profile, was taken in to custody around 5:40 p.m. in Horry County. Kat Bouza, Rolling Stone, 4 June 2022 Nope is the story of OJ and Emerald Haywood, who have inherited a horse ranch from their father, and carry the torch of his craft as an animal wrangler for film and television. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 30 Aug. 2022 Max Anton, the film's snail wrangler, previously told EW that the gastropods mate fairly reliably. Jessica Wang, EW.com, 23 June 2022 The science-fiction film, which stars Daniel Kaluuya as a Hollywood horse wrangler dealing with some extra-terrestrial problems, was expected to make around $50 million this weekend, according to initial projections. Frank Pallotta, CNN, 24 July 2022 After his father dies in a strange accident, O.J., a quiet wrangler, reunites with his estranged sister Emerald (Palmer), or Em, to inherit the business. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 July 2022 But accompanying his baby brother (Evan Assante) to a bat mitzvah turns into an unexpected career opportunity, as a professional tween wrangler and party starter. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 17 June 2022 Both are abducted near the cabin where Maisie has been living under the guardianship of former Jurassic World park manager Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) and raptor wrangler Owen Grady (Chris Pratt). David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 June 2022 The next day, a new wrangler on the ranch fell off his horse and was badly injured. Outside Online, 10 May 2020 See More

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First Known Use of wrangler

circa 1510, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Wrangler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wrangler. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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wran·​gler | \ ˈraŋ-glər How to pronounce wrangler (audio) \

Kids Definition of wrangler

1 : a person who quarrels
2 : a worker on a ranch who tends horses or cattle

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