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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Examples from the Web for handler

Contemporary Examples of handler

Historical Examples of handler

  • He was already beginning to show his natural fitness as a handler of weapons.

  • "There's a certain advantage to this," he said as he moved the handler delicately.


    Jesse Franklin Bone

  • Count Redstone's handler, a bronzed, gray-haired veteran, said "Ready!"

    Frank of Freedom Hill

    Samuel A. Derieux

  • Comet found birds and Swygert, his handler, flushed them and shot.

    Frank of Freedom Hill

    Samuel A. Derieux

  • When with the gambler, or the roue, he was equally at home—a debauchee, or a handler of cards.

    Ellen Walton

    Alvin Addison

British Dictionary definitions for handler



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



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Word Origin and History for handler

late 14c., "one who handles" anything, agent noun from handle (v.). Specific sense of "one engaged in trade" is from 1690s; that of "prizefighter's assistant" (1916) was earlier used in reference to dogfights and cockfights (1825).

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