} } Ward heeler | Define Ward heeler at Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

How Well Do You Know English Slang?

ward heeler

noun, U.S. Politics.
1.
a minor politician who canvasses voters and does other chores for a political machine or party boss.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90, Americanism
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for ward heeler

ward heeler

noun
1.
(US, politics, derogatory) a party worker who canvasses votes and performs chores for a political boss Also called heeler
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for ward heeler

ward heeler

noun phrase

A low-ranking associate or flunky of a political boss; a menial crony

[1890+; fr heeler, ''a loafer, one on the lookout for shady work''; in the 1870s the ward heeler was known simply as heeler or as ward-bummer]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for ward heeler

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for ward

8
8
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for ward heeler