Definition of handler in English:


Syllabification: han·dler
Pronunciation: /ˈhandlər


  • 1 [usually with modifier] A person who handles or deals with certain articles or commodities: a baggage handler a food handler
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    • They are post office employees, factory workers, baggage handlers, nurses, secretaries, lab technicians, and teachers.
    • Flight attendants and baggage handlers keep an eye on each other, too.
    • ‘Know more about Japanese sashimi,’ Hong Kong's food and hygiene authorities advised local consumers and food handlers Friday.
  • 1.1A device that handles certain articles or substances.
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    • The PC receives a signal from the device handler indicating that a component is in place and that the test can begin.
    • Static information called a moniker is embedded in the device, and a generic device handler software is installed on the computer.
    • There was no driver for the telescope handler.
  • 2A person who trains or has charge of an animal: the performance of dog and handler in the ring must be accurate and correct
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    • The police dog and its handler only found the plaid shirt that is one of the exhibits.
    • The police dogs' handlers are full members of the Teamsters Union.
    • A total of 12 dogs and their handlers represented police forces in the South West and Wales at the regional police dog trials held in Wiltshire at the weekend.
  • 3A person who trains or manages another person, in particular.
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    • Out here in the real world, I have no entourage of coaches and handlers organizing my schedule, preparing my meals, and supervising my workouts.
    • He thanked his handlers, the Reggaesoca organizers, the voters, journalists and the almighty.
    • But this single-mindedness was honed by a team of white trainers and handlers.
  • 3.1A person who trains and acts as second to a boxer.
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    • Things have gotten so bad, in fact, that Liston's handlers have secretly asked the sparring partners to take it easy on Sonny.
    • According to Bebe's handlers, the boxer injured his hand while preparing for the fight and the injury was confirmed by a doctor on December 28.
    • I don't know, but I think, as they watched Joe Louis being helped up by his handlers, several of them might have thought they were witnessing something more than a boxing match.
  • 3.2A publicity agent.
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    • They don't hide behind a retinue of handlers and lawyers and public-relations fools.
    • Part of the key to his inexplicable success must be his handlers’ deft leverage of the public's short attention span.
    • But publicly at least, Parliament's senior media handlers are at pains to emphasise that they will show no favour.
  • 3.3A person who advises on and directs the activities of a politician or other public figure.
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    • Now, I'm a double agent for the CIA, where my handler is a man named Michael Vaughn.
    • When the first captured British-trained agent's confirmation was believed by his English handlers, the Germans concluded the others would also.
    • She shrugged off the mental tags of the agent and their handlers and headed left down the dark carpeted hallway.

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