ward heeler


noun U.S. Politics.

a minor politician who canvasses voters and does other chores for a political machine or party boss.

Nearby words

  1. warburg,
  2. warburg, otto heinrich,
  3. warchalking,
  4. ward,
  5. ward eight,
  6. ward off,
  7. ward, artemas,
  8. ward, artemus,
  9. ward, lester frank,
  10. ward, mrs. humphry

Origin of ward heeler

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90

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Examples from the Web for ward heeler

  • If you tried to vote some ward-heeler would challenge you and you'd like as not be hauled off to the lock-up.

    Bunker Bean|Harry Leon Wilson
  • And Blount knew the disappearance was real, because the ward-heeler's own henchmen were searching for him.

  • In the thick of it he seemed to see the ward-heeler standing at his bedside and beating furiously upon a huge Chinese gong.

  • "They've got my number," said the ward-heeler, in a convict whisper which was little more than a facial contortion.

British Dictionary definitions for ward heeler

ward heeler


US politics derogatory a party worker who canvasses votes and performs chores for a political bossAlso called: heeler
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