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[os-ler] /ˈɒs lər/
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  • Heard you no reason given why they should prefer me to your chamberlain, your ostler or your drawer?

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
  • The only one left is the ostler, who is sleeping in one of the outhouses here.

    The Trampling of the Lilies Rafael Sabatini
  • The interruption was caused by her recognition of the ostler, and she lounged into the room.

  • The ostler, Dick, had already returned to the rescue of the snow-bound coach.

  • Then the ostler left the stable, locking the door on the outside.

    Curious, if True Elizabeth Gaskell
  • "I am to send an ostler from the Peacock for your nurse and clothing, mistress," said Gregory.

    The Panchronicon Harold Steele Mackaye
  • The ostler had required no instructions to give the horse a feed of corn.

    Evan Harrington, Complete George Meredith
  • So he knocked up an ostler at the nearest inn, and ordered out a gig.

    The Belton Estate

    Anthony Trollope
  • He had gone to the horses' heads, where the ostler's lantern had fallen on him.

    Historic Oddities Sabine Baring-Gould
  • It was assumed that he was at the inn waiting for his "vale," like the ostler and the Kellner.

    Historic Oddities Sabine Baring-Gould
British Dictionary definitions for ostler


(archaic) a stableman, esp one at an inn
Word Origin
C15: variant of hostler, from hostel
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Word Origin and History for ostler

late 14c., phonetic spelling of hostler.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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