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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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Examples from the Web for angler
Contemporary Examples
  • That story can be found on pp. 195-196 of Barton Gellman's to-date definitive study of the Cheney vice presidency, angler.

    Cheney in History David Frum March 25, 2012
Historical Examples
  • Hosseyn, my servant, the angler, is having his head shaved on deck; when he has done I shall visit the town.

  • Endless are the angler's troubles if he will but devote himself to developing them.

    Lines in Pleasant Places William Senior
  • The spring sculpin and the flabby, muddy flounder are the common rewards of the angler's toil.

  • The angler thereupon cut it at the winch and the line was recovered.

    Lines in Pleasant Places William Senior
  • The charm of Bartlett's for the angler was the stretch of rapid water in front of the house.

    Little Rivers Henry van Dyke
  • Had that angler been any one but Rollitt, it might have been easy.

    The Cock-House at Fellsgarth Talbot Baines Reed
  • It is despised because it responds so readily to the angler's lures, taking the bait intended for larger and more desirable fish.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others James Alexander Henshall
  • What is the angler about, has he slept soundly, and then awoke in the very nick of time?

    The Teesdale Angler R Lakeland
  • It bites eagerly at the artificial fly and, deriving great power from its large dorsal fin, affords much sport to the angler.

    Favorite Fish and Fishing James Alexander Henshall
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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