Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
See also: Angler
angler (plural anglers)
- A person who fishes with a hook and line.
- A throng of anglers lined the trout stream on opening day of trout season.
- An angler fish, Lophius piscatorius.
- The angler lured a smaller fish into reach with the appendage on its head.
- 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.
- (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.
- (person who fishes with hook and line): fisher, fisherman
- (angler fish): anglerfish, frogfish
- (someone with a scheme or ulterior motive): conniver, grifter, schemer, swindler
- (thief): hooker, nuthook
person who fishes with a hook and line
- angler in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- 1811 Dictionary of Vulgar Tongue, available from Project Gutenberg 
- Barrère, Albert; Leland, Charles Godfrey (1889) A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant, volume 1, page 39
- Farmer, John Stephen (1890) Slang and Its Analogues, volume 1, pages 54–55