Definition of wrangler in English:



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

    • ‘The wrangler stepping into that welcoming circle of firelight is Kid Russell himself, young again in memory.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With two wranglers and six horses all we needed now were reservations!’
    • ‘He has worked as an editor, copywriter, lecturer, careworker, sheep wrangler, bookshop assistant and supply teacher.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The wranglers were brilliant horsemen and treated their horses with respect and affection.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Next morning, I joined a walking ride and the cowboys, or wranglers, as they call them here, gave me a very docile horse.’
    • ‘Alisal Guest Ranch wrangler and cowboy poet Jake Copass, 82, is a link to an earlier era of ranching in the area.’
    • ‘A ‘lunger,’ his tuberculosis kept him from active fighting in the Civil War but he served as a horse wrangler.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘While Cody, Wyoming, artist Thomas Molesworth was no Wild West cowboy, he did have an idea of how a wrangler should live.’
    • ‘These two Tennessee-born wranglers have spent the past 20 years riding the southern Sierra.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The next morning, I went for a ride with one of the wranglers.’
    1. 1.1A person who trains and takes care of animals on a film set.
      ‘they had three cow wranglers to help with the scene’
      • ‘‘When I have to use other horses brought by the wranglers, there is usually very little prep time with the horses,’ said Bode.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Were you the rabbit wrangler during that shoot?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Either way, snake wrangler Scott Boback hopes that his research can provide the key.’
      • ‘A judge has ruled against a film company that sought damages from an animal wrangler after her mule failed to cooperate while filming.’
      • ‘When I was in Texas shooting The Rookie, I don't remember seeing any kangaroos, so I yelled, ‘Cut, get me the kangaroo wrangler.’’
      • ‘Just ask the snake wrangler who handled the slithering - and often poisonous - stars of the upcoming thriller Snakes on a Plane.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’’
  • 2A person engaging in a lengthy and complicated 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.’
    • ‘The wrangler has no hypothesis to establish or no concern for truth but the only aim is to create doubt regarding well established facts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He is not a wrangler, nor quarrelsome, and keeps himself out of all kinds of mischief, which other boys run into.’
  • 3(at Cambridge University) a person placed in the first class of the mathematical tripos.

    • ‘He immediately impressed his teachers with his mathematical ability and he graduated B.A. in 1757 as senior wrangler.’
    • ‘He graduated from Pembroke College Cambridge in 1875 as second wrangler, bracketed with George Chrystal.’
    • ‘He arrived with letters of introduction written by G L Rives, a trustee of Columbia College who had been a wrangler at Cambridge in 1872.’
    • ‘In 1911 he became a wrangler in Part II of the Tripos.’
    • ‘Francis was ranked as fourth wrangler meaning that he was fourth out of the students awarded a first class degree.’
    • ‘He went to St John's College Cambridge, entering the College in 1844 and becoming senior wrangler and Smith's prizeman in 1848.’
    • ‘He entered King's College Cambridge, graduating as a wrangler with a B.A. in 1950.’
    • ‘The mathematician W. H. Miller graduated as fifth wrangler at Cambridge in 1826 and was awarded a fellowship at St. John's College.’
    • ‘Maskelyne entered Cambridge in 1749 where he studied mathematics and graduated seventh wrangler in mathematics in 1754.’
    • ‘He was second wrangler in his final examinations (in common with many other famous mathematicians who were second at Cambridge like Thomson and Maxwell).’
    • ‘In 1879 he entered King's College Cambridge becoming 11th wrangler in the mathematical tripos of 1882.’
    • ‘At the age of 18, he entered St John's College, Cambridge, graduating with a B.A. in 1780 as sixth wrangler and first chancellor's medalist.’
    • ‘[Hopkins] was able to say that he had among his pupils nearly two hundred wranglers, of whom seventeen had been senior and forty-four in one of the first three places.’
    • ‘He took Part I and Part II of the Classical Tripos in 1881 and 1883, being twelfth wrangler in the Mathematical Tripos of 1882.’
    • ‘Hardy was placed as fourth wrangler in the Mathematical Tripos of 1898, a result which continued to annoy him for, despite feeling that the system was very silly, he still felt that he should have come out on top.’
    • ‘On graduating as third wrangler in 1866, he was elected to a fellowship at Trinity.’
    • ‘By 1849 there had only been about 20 senior wranglers during the time he tutored (there was only one top student in each year) and around sixty placed in the top three.’
    • ‘He graduated in 1850 as second wrangler and Smith's prizeman.’
    • ‘He studied at Queens' College, Cambridge and was coached privately by William Hopkins, graduating in 1834 as senior wrangler and first Smith's prizeman.’