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[hee-ler] /ˈhi lər/
a person who heels shoes.
Origin of heeler
First recorded in 1630-40; heel1 + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I expect Mr. heeler's waiting for you in "Moonraker's," father.

    Hobson's Choice Harold Brighouse
  • That was Faith's initiation into the workings of heeler's blouse factory.

    The Beggar Man Ruby Mildred Ayres
  • He is a heeler for one of the most notorious of the aldermanic gang.

  • I know, but you've let her down in other ways; you never told her that heeler's belonged to you.

    The Beggar Man Ruby Mildred Ayres
  • A young Freshman heeler entered with a note which he handed to the promoter of the flying exhibition.

    Frank Armstrong at College Matthew M. Colton
  • "They think they've got a grudge against Mr. heeler," she explained.

    The Beggar Man Ruby Mildred Ayres
  • I used to tell her that she'd got no right to be at heeler's.

    The Beggar Man Ruby Mildred Ayres
  • Every Garvin heeler and every Marcus adherent was sitting on the edge of his seat.

    The Portal of Dreams Charles Neville Buck
  • The heeler, obviously a freshman, blinked disappointedly through the half-gloom for a few seconds and then moved to go.

    The Whirligig of Time Wayland Wells Williams
  • Instinctively he was a "heeler," and with swift heel nips quickly awakened and gave directions to lazy or unwilling "critters."

    The Story of Scotch Enos A. Mills
British Dictionary definitions for heeler


(US) See ward heeler
a person or thing that heels
(Austral & NZ) a dog that herds cattle by biting at their heels
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for heeler

1660s, "one who puts heels on shoes and boots," agent noun from heel (n.1). Meaning "unscrupulous political lackey," U.S. slang, 1877, from the notion of one who follows at the heels of a political boss, no doubt coined with the image of a dog in mind. See heel (v.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for heeler



An apprentice; novice reporter; cub

Related Terms

ward heeler

[1960s+ Newspaper office; perhaps fr the obedience of a trained dog who stays at the heel of the master]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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