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[ang-gler] /ˈæŋ glər/
a person who fishes with a hook and line.
a person who gets or tries to get something through scheming.
Also called allmouth, anglerfish, goosefish, lotte, monkfish. any large pediculate fish of the family Lophiidae, especially Lophius americanus, found along the Atlantic coast of America, having an immense mouth and a large, depressed head to which is attached a wormlike filament for luring prey.
Also called anglerfish. any of various related fishes of the order Lophiiformes.
Origin of angler
First recorded in 1545-55; angle2 + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for angler
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  • That story can be found on pp. 195-196 of Barton Gellman's to-date definitive study of the Cheney vice presidency, angler.

    Cheney in History David Frum March 26, 2012
Historical Examples
  • Thus, by a series of divisions, we have arrived at the definition of the angler's art.

    Sophist Plato
  • Like the angler, he is an artist, and the resemblance does not end here.

    Sophist Plato
  • If the angler rests the tuna will not only rest, too, but he will take more and more line.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • Let every angler who loves to fish think what it would mean to him to find the fish were gone.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • But the angler is baffled at the outset by the presence of a steep slope behind him.

    Creatures of the Night Alfred W. Rees
  • There was a splash—a soft gurgling sound dear to the angler's heart.

    Brother Copas

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • Too frequently the angler is vexed by finding a boat busy in his favourite bay.

    Angling Sketches Andrew Lang
  • I had a friend once, an angler, who in winter was fond of another sport.

    Angling Sketches Andrew Lang
  • I took thee for an angler, and thou art but a poaching knave!

    Angling Sketches Andrew Lang
British Dictionary definitions for angler


a person who fishes with a rod and line
(informal) a person who schemes or uses devious methods to secure an advantage
Also called angler fish. any spiny-finned fish of the order Pediculati (or Lophiiformes). They live at the bottom of the sea and typically have a long spiny movable dorsal fin with which they lure their prey
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for angler

"fisher with a hook and line," mid-15c. (c.1300 as a surname); agent noun from angle (v.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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