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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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 So a very special thanks to my daughter and chief cat-wrangler Diana for keeping our pets away from my closet-studio. National Geographic, "Epsiode 2: The Unstoppable Wily Coyote," 23 June 2020 The seventh generation of eagle wranglers in her nomadic Kazakh family, Aisholpan is tough enough to withstand bracingly harsh weather and terrain, and teen enough to also still pause to paint her nails. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, "Love animals? Hate Tiger King? Here are five documentaries to watch," 6 Apr. 2020 My parents have been on hand to happily serve as chief grand-children wranglers, and my mom still always handled the flowers for the table. Southern Living, "Tips for Hosting a Virtual Seder and Other Ways to Celebrate Passover Right Now," 7 Apr. 2020 In essence, Cirque has taken traditional circus acts and given them a holiday-style presentation, including rollerbladers, aerialists, an aerial-straps duo, a block juggler, tumblers, diabolo wranglers and hoop divers. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Review: ‘Twas the Night Before’ has that Cirque du Soleil dazzle but not yet a holiday heart," 2 Dec. 2019 Taylor Knapp, who calls himself a snail wrangler, delivers his fresh snails to some of New York City's finest restaurants, like Frenchette, where chef Lee Hanson uses them to make brouillade esgargots. CBS News, "This week on "Sunday Morning" (November 24)," 21 Nov. 2019 The pair enjoy spreading the word about the cook who fed the wranglers and wasn’t one to be trifled with. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "Chuck wagon cook rustles up Old West chow at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo," 15 Feb. 2020 Witnesses told him that wranglers were grabbing elephants old enough to survive without their mother's milk, but small enough to squeeze into a freight box to China. David Mckenzie And Brent Swails, CNN, "Young elephants were taken from their mothers in Zimbabwe. Now they're in cages in China," 24 Nov. 2019 Generally speaking, rides begin with Rogers and one of her wranglers outfitting guests with sunscreen and riding boots, helping them onto their horses and providing a brief safety demonstration. Matt Villano, SFChronicle.com, "Sonoma Valley Trail Rides teams up horses and wineries," 22 Oct. 2019

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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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8 Jul 2020

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“Wrangler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wrangler. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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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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