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[os-ler] /ˈɒs lər/
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  • I dismounted, and giving the horse to the ostler's care, I went inside and sat at a table.

    The Making of a Saint William Somerset Maugham
  • Then the ostler left the stable, locking the door on the outside.

    Curious, if True Elizabeth Gaskell
  • She tried to get in at the back, but the yard gates were fastened; and Jack, the ostler, did not seem to be about yet.

    The Kellys and the O'Kellys Anthony Trollope
  • The interruption was caused by her recognition of the ostler, and she lounged into the room.

  • Well, zur, I doant know much about the shampoodling, but our ostler's used to clipping horses.

  • The ostler had required no instructions to give the horse a feed of corn.

    Evan Harrington, Complete George Meredith
  • He heard the ostler shout behind him, and came into the road.

    The Wheels of Chance H. G. Wells
  • So he knocked up an ostler at the nearest inn, and ordered out a gig.

    The Belton Estate Anthony Trollope
  • I found the conversation, too, of the ostler at the Ullerton Arms of immense interest.

  • He had gone to the horses' heads, where the ostler's lantern had fallen on him.

    Historic Oddities Sabine Baring-Gould
British Dictionary definitions for ostler


(archaic) a stableman, esp one at an inn
Word Origin
C15: variant of hostler, from hostel
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Word Origin and History for ostler

late 14c., phonetic spelling of hostler.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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