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Examples from the Web for ostler

Historical Examples of ostler

  • Heard you no reason given why they should prefer me to your chamberlain, your ostler or your drawer?

    The Lion's Skin

    Rafael Sabatini

  • The only one left is the ostler, who is sleeping in one of the outhouses here.

  • The interruption was caused by her recognition of the ostler, and she lounged into the room.

  • The ostler, Dick, had already returned to the rescue of the snow-bound coach.

  • Then the ostler left the stable, locking the door on the outside.

    Curious, if True

    Elizabeth Gaskell

British Dictionary definitions for ostler




archaic a stableman, esp one at an inn

Word Origin for ostler

C15: variant of hostler, from hostel
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Word Origin and History for ostler

late 14c., phonetic spelling of hostler.

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