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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for angler

Contemporary Examples of angler

  • That story can be found on pp. 195-196 of Barton Gellman's to-date definitive study of the Cheney vice presidency, Angler.

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    March 26, 2012

Historical Examples of angler

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



  • Thus, by a series of divisions, we have arrived at the definition of the angler's art.



  • Let every angler who loves to fish think what it would mean to him to find the fish were gone.

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

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

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 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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