Definition of wrangler in US English:



  • 1North American A person in charge of horses or other livestock on a ranch.

    • ‘We quickly developed a daily routine: over a lavish breakfast of steaming omelets (no cowboy coffee and gravy-soaked biscuits here), a wrangler would help us plan our day.’
    • ‘But, in order to register the team I had to pay 70 thousand dollars, without counting the pony wrangler's salary and all the rest of it.’
    • ‘The wrangler stepping into that welcoming circle of firelight is Kid Russell himself, young again in memory.’
    • ‘A ‘lunger,’ his tuberculosis kept him from active fighting in the Civil War but he served as a horse wrangler.’
    • ‘The next morning, I went for a ride with one of the wranglers.’
    • ‘Armed with his expert eye and trusty cell phone, top horse wrangler Thomas Saunders V, of Weatherford, Texas, traveled thousands of miles to search for this year's Road to the Horse herd.’
    • ‘While Cody, Wyoming, artist Thomas Molesworth was no Wild West cowboy, he did have an idea of how a wrangler should live.’
    • ‘Howard teams up with ‘Silent’ Tom Smith, an eccentric horse wrangler whose days as a cowboy have ended with the demise of the wild west.’
    • ‘Next morning, I joined a walking ride and the cowboys, or wranglers, as they call them here, gave me a very docile horse.’
    • ‘There's plenty of horses and a few dogs to pat and the wranglers can answer about any question you may have about the cowboy way of life.’
    • ‘Alisal Guest Ranch wrangler and cowboy poet Jake Copass, 82, is a link to an earlier era of ranching in the area.’
    • ‘He has worked as an editor, copywriter, lecturer, careworker, sheep wrangler, bookshop assistant and supply teacher.’
    • ‘With two wranglers and six horses all we needed now were reservations!’
    • ‘These two Tennessee-born wranglers have spent the past 20 years riding the southern Sierra.’
    • ‘Halfway through dinner on our last night, a young wrangler with a winning smile stood up to announce that, a few minutes after dessert, there would be a full-moon cross-country outing to the Homestead Cabin.’
    • ‘Although wranglers are often found listed among dude ranch jobs, there's a lot more to the daily operation of a dude ranch than roping cattle.’
    • ‘He and a dozen other Alisal Guest Ranch wranglers have only a couple of hours to catch and saddle 63 horses for guests going on this morning's breakfast ride.’
    • ‘Beneath the darkening sky, wranglers make final adjustments to harnesses and jingling bells as the teams of locomotive-size draft horses shift impatiently, clouds of steam puffing from their noses.’
    • ‘The wranglers were brilliant horsemen and treated their horses with respect and affection.’
    • ‘Guests can lend a hand with ranch chores if they like, baling hay and moving cows to new pastures, all the while swapping stories with Brad McCarthy, the engaging, knowledgeable head wrangler.’
    1. 1.1 A person who trains and takes care of the animals used in a movie.
      ‘they had three cow wranglers to help with the scene’
      • ‘Behind all those cute animals performing amazing acts in films there are animal wranglers like Mark Dumas, who trains bears, and Jim Chubb and his big cats.’
      • ‘Just ask the snake wrangler who handled the slithering - and often poisonous - stars of the upcoming thriller Snakes on a Plane.’
      • ‘The National Geographic Channel tags along with snake wranglers from the Australian Reptile Park in Somersby, New South Wales, as they hunt death adders for their valuable and deadly venom.’
      • ‘Pringle was invited to spend a day on the set, and Griffin spent a couple of weeks giving the wranglers and stunt crew a taste of Mounted Police equestrian drill at the Griffith Park Riding Academy.’
      • ‘Vinnie mostly sat on his pedestal, closely monitored by animal wranglers.’
      • ‘A former pro rodeo cowboy, these days he works primarily as an animal coordinator for films, supervising other wranglers and setting up stunts, shots etc.’
      • ‘If you just think about it practically for a few moments, you've got to have one kid, one horse, you've got to have one wrangler taking care of that kid and that horse.’
      • ‘‘When I have to use other horses brought by the wranglers, there is usually very little prep time with the horses,’ said Bode.’
      • ‘The original story of the outback crocodile wrangler, who is taken back to America by the journalist doing an exposé on him, is an hilarious example of plot development when two diverse cultures collide.’
      • ‘Considering that Kentis intends Open Water as a cautionary tale against putting too much trust in man vs. nature, it seems perverse that he forced his actors to do exactly that while working with a shark wrangler.’
      • ‘When I was in Texas shooting The Rookie, I don't remember seeing any kangaroos, so I yelled, ‘Cut, get me the kangaroo wrangler.’’
      • ‘The spider that bites Maguire in the movie is actually a Black Widow spider, painted red and blue by famed spider wrangler Steven R Kutcher.’
      • ‘Were you the rabbit wrangler during that shoot?’
      • ‘The smarties then say, ‘if there are no trained ones around, get an animal wrangler to spend a couple of months whipping a sheep into shape.’’
      • ‘Sylvester is a veteran snake wrangler and the owner of Reptile Rentals, a company that supplies snakes and other animals to the film and television industry.’
      • ‘From discovering new slithering species to collecting deadly venom, real-world snake wranglers bring you face-to-fang with some of the most mesmerizing snakes on the planet.’
      • ‘Either way, snake wrangler Scott Boback hopes that his research can provide the key.’
      • ‘Go behind the scenes with the movie's snake wrangler, learn how to survive snakebites, and discover some of the weirdest and rarest snake species on the planet.’
      • ‘A judge has ruled against a film company that sought damages from an animal wrangler after her mule failed to cooperate while filming.’
      • ‘Denise Eriksen says an experienced animal wrangler was on the set every day, vets were on call around the clock and the rooster made a full recovery.’
  • 2A person engaging in a lengthy and complicated quarrel or dispute.

    ‘he was known as the wrangler for the aplomb with which he skewered the professors’
    • ‘Without such exercise, and good sense over and above, a man who has studied logic all his life may, after all, be only a petulant wrangler, without true judgment or skill of reasoning in any science.’
    • ‘In fact, if he means to keep it up, newspapers may want to send a mixed party of philosophers and wranglers, instead of complaisant hacks, to his next party conference.’
    • ‘The wrangler has no hypothesis to establish or no concern for truth but the only aim is to create doubt regarding well established facts.’
    • ‘He is not a wrangler, nor quarrelsome, and keeps himself out of all kinds of mischief, which other boys run into.’