angler

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English[edit]

An angler fishing off a pier
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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈæŋ.ɡlə(ɹ)/

Etymology[edit]

angle +‎ -er

Noun[edit]

angler (plural anglers)

  1. A person who fishes with a hook and line.
    A throng of anglers lined the trout stream on opening day of trout season.
  2. An angler fish, Lophius piscatorius.
    The angler lured a smaller fish into reach with the appendage on its head.
  3. Someone who tries to work an angle; a person who schemes or has an ulterior motive.
    Jonas was a consummate angler when it came the company's leave policy; he had it figured so he only needed to work six months out of the year.
  4. (archaic, Britain, cant) A thief who uses a hooked stick to steal goods out of shop-windows, grates, etc.
    • c. 1608–1610, Rid, Samuel, Martin Mark-all, Beadle of Bridewell:
      They are sure to be clyd in the night by the angler, or hooker, or such like pilferers that liue upon the spoyle of other poore people.
    • 1834, Ainsworth, William Harrison, Rookwood[1], volume 2, Oath of the Canting Crew, page 339–340:
      Rogue or rascal, frater, maunderer, / Irish Toyle, or other wanderer; / No dimber damber, angler, dancer, / Prig of cackler, prig of prancer

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References[edit]

  • angler in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
  • 1811 Dictionary of Vulgar Tongue, available from Project Gutenberg [2]
  • Barrère, Albert; Leland, Charles Godfrey (1889) A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant, volume 1, page 39
  • Farmer, John Stephen (1890) Slang and Its Analogues[3], volume 1, pages 54–55

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