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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Synonyms for wrangler


buckaroo (also buckeroo), cowboy, cowhand, cowman, cowpoke, cowpuncher, waddy (or waddie) [West]

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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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For $3, a fairgoer could feed sugar water to orange butterflies with a cotton swab and then watch butterfly wrangler John Dailey release new butterflies to replenish the stock. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "Horse-racing diehards at Pleasanton track concede sport needs to be made safe in wake of new law," 27 June 2019 Sensing that Bonnie is deeply attached to her bizarre plastic creation, Woody appoints himself Forky’s wrangler, kicking his own feelings of obsolescence to the curb. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Toy Story 4 Is an Existential Crisis the Whole Family Can Enjoy," 20 June 2019 Bring the kids early for a pony ride or stick rodeo, then watch professional rodeo wranglers ride bareback, rope and wrestle steers, and ride the bucking bull. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Train rides, a rodeo, zip lining, and more to do around Wisconsin this week," 9 June 2019 Getty ImagesJeff Kravitz Host of The Bachelor/announcer of the final rose/wrangler of contestants Chris Harrison has a new lady of his own in his life. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Who Is Chris Harrison's Girlfriend, Lauren Zima? She's Also In Bachelor Nation," 14 Feb. 2019 In the middle of the table, there are seven further boards, representing locations one’s Andean worker meeples will visit on their journey to becoming chief alpaca wrangler or whatever the goal is (the manual is vague). Tom Mendelsohn, Ars Technica, "Altiplano review: A brain-tickling board game about… alpacas," 14 July 2018 The next morning a wrangler met and rounded up our ragtag group in the parking lot of the Rodeway Inn and then drove us up to Monument Valley. Guy Trebay, Condé Nast Traveler, "In the Heart of Navajo Lands," 19 Oct. 2018 Now, one of the industry's best Switch wranglers, Panic Button, has worked its magic on the free-to-play multiplayer shooter WarFrame, out this week on the platform. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "We’ve run wild on the Switch version of WarFrame—and it’s solid," 16 Nov. 2018 The wranglers could radio to each other, but otherwise our communications would be limited to yelling across the plain. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "I Ditched My Phone for a Montana Cattle Drive (and Finally Dealt With My Feelings)," 3 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of wrangler

circa 1510, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of wrangler was circa 1510

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English Language Learners Definition of wrangler

US : a person who takes care of horses on a ranch


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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