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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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  • He is a heeler for one of the most notorious of the aldermanic gang.

  • A certain "heeler" put me on to a disorderly house where we could get some stones.

    The Autobiography of a Thief Hutchins Hapgood
  • I expect Mr. heeler's waiting for you in "Moonraker's," father.

    Hobson's Choice Harold Brighouse
  • Now go to Mr. heeler, he said, and tell him I'm very ill, and I came and told you.

    Hobson's Choice Harold Brighouse
  • Now I ask you, Mr. heeler, man to man, is this work for a foreman shoe hand?

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

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

    The Beggar Man Ruby Mildred Ayres
  • "They think they've got a grudge against Mr. heeler," she explained.

    The Beggar Man Ruby Mildred Ayres
  • At Washington I am a healer and at home in my ward I am also a heeler!

    Cordwood Edgar Wilson (Bill) Nye
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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