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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Cheers rang out when wranglers drove a herd of longhorn cattle up Cypress Street onto the main thoroughfare patrolled by area law enforcement officers. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "Hundreds attend Bandera Labor Day Parade," 31 Aug. 2019 Longtime resident Patrick Brady is a handyman who moonlights as a snake (and other creepy-crawly) wrangler. Pomerado News, "Poway man offers snake-catching skills to fellow Powegians," 15 Aug. 2019 Elisabeth Shue, meanwhile, plays Madelyn Stillwell, the corporate wrangler and publicist for the Seven. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Karl Urban has a message for superheroes in final The Boys trailer: 'F— those f—s!'," 23 July 2019 Her first international scuffle harks back to her days as a media wrangler on the 2016 Trump presidential campaign, when Ms. Grisham was in charge of herding the traveling press corps from one location to another. Annie Karni, New York Times, "Stephanie Grisham, Trump’s New Press Secretary, Literally Pushes for Press Access," 1 July 2019 From early March to late October, this rattlesnake wrangler is constantly on call. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: More details emerge in the Gilroy shooting," 30 July 2019 Gator won't go without a fight: 8-foot reptile caught near Cleveland throws-off wranglerWeaver posted her photos to her community's Facebook page for assistance. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Texas woman spots alligator with knife in its head at community lake," 14 June 2019 There's a talent wrangler every season for me and Jonathan. Samantha Incorvaia, azcentral, "'The gays will save the world': What we learned from 'Queer Eye' star Tan France in Phoenix," 14 June 2019 But even now, tag wranglers are skeptical that a machine could take over their tasks. Gretchen Mcculloch, WIRED, "Fans Are Better Than Tech at Organizing Information Online," 11 June 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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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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