[ hee-ler ]
/ ˈhi lər /


a person who heels shoes.

Origin of heeler

First recorded in 1630–40; heel1 + -er1
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Examples from the Web for heeler

British Dictionary definitions for heeler


/ (ˈhiːlə) /


a person or thing that heels
Australian and NZ a dog that herds cattle by biting at their heels
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Word Origin and History for heeler



1660s, "one who puts heels on shoes and boots," agent noun from heel (n.1). Meaning "unscrupulous political lackey," U.S. slang, 1877, from the notion of one who follows at the heels of a political boss, no doubt coined with the image of a dog in mind. See heel (v.1).

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