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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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 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

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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

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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