[ ang-gler ]

  1. a person who fishes with a hook and line.

  2. a person who gets or tries to get something through scheming.

  1. 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.

  2. Also called anglerfish. any of various related fishes of the order Lophiiformes.

Origin of angler

First recorded in 1545–55; angle2 + -er1

Words Nearby angler Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use angler in a sentence

  • 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Theory may be very good, but practice is much better, and will only make the complete angler.

    The Teesdale Angler | R Lakeland
  • Independent of the varied attractions of nature, the early rising angler always has the best Summer sport.

    The Teesdale Angler | R Lakeland
  • But Colin had the makings of an angler in him and he was able instinctively to judge the amount of pressure that was needed.

    The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries | Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • The water-cow has not lately emerged from Alemoor to attack the casual angler.

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

    Angling Sketches | Andrew Lang

British Dictionary definitions for angler


/ (ˈæŋɡlə) /

  1. a person who fishes with a rod and line

  2. informal a person who schemes or uses devious methods to secure an advantage

  1. 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

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