[ hand-ler ]
/ ˈhænd lər /


a person or thing that handles.
Boxing. a person who assists in the training of a fighter or is the fighter's second during a fight.
a person who exhibits a dog in a bench show or field trial.

Origin of handler

1350–1400; Middle English. See handle, -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for handler (1 of 2)

/ (ˈhændlə) /


a person, esp a police officer, in charge of a specially trained dog
a person who handles some specified thinga baggage handler
a person who holds or incites a dog, gamecock, etc, esp in a race or contest
the trainer or second of a boxer

British Dictionary definitions for handler (2 of 2)

/ (ˈhændlə) /


Daniel . born 1970, US writer for older children, best known for the macabre humour of his A Series of Unfortunate Events, a sequence of books written in the persona of Lemony Snicket
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