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[ang-gler] /ˈæŋ glər/
a person who fishes with a hook and line.
a person who gets or tries to get something through scheming.
Also called allmouth, anglerfish, goosefish, lotte, monkfish. any large pediculate fish of the family Lophiidae, especially Lophius americanus, found along the Atlantic coast of America, having an immense mouth and a large, depressed head to which is attached a wormlike filament for luring prey.
Also called anglerfish. any of various related fishes of the order Lophiiformes.
Origin of angler
1545-55; angle2 + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Some species, such as the angler fish, produce light to attract prey.
  • What ensues next is a judo match of sorts as the angler wrestles the fish to the surface.
  • In the deep sea there are things such as angler fish that have luminescent lures to attract food.
  • Within the park's boundary, the angler will have the chance to catch and release these species.
  • angler overcomes barriers to reel in fans, admirers.
  • If you're keeping the day's catch, leave the cleaning to an experienced angler.
  • The river runs across the property of the lodge, and the proprietor is a knowledgeable angler.
  • Every angler has his or her preference or specialty in terms of the best species to fish or eat.
  • During the off-season those fish are still available for the angler, but they are found farther off the coast in deeper water.
  • Send me the name if the angler, if you want the name posted.
British Dictionary definitions for angler


a person who fishes with a rod and line
(informal) a person who schemes or uses devious methods to secure an advantage
Also called angler fish. any spiny-finned fish of the order Pediculati (or Lophiiformes). They live at the bottom of the sea and typically have a long spiny movable dorsal fin with which they lure their prey
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Word Origin and History for angler

"fisher with a hook and line," mid-15c. (c.1300 as a surname); agent noun from angle (v.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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