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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈbæt.lə(ɹ)/
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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English batailloure, from Old French batailleor; equivalent to battle +‎ -er.


battler (plural battlers)

  1. One who wages battle against an enemy; a soldier; a general.
  2. (Australia, dated) An itinerant worker or unemployed person.
    • 1900, Henry Lawson, The Shanty-Keeper′s Wife, Over the Sliprails, Gutenberg eBook # 1313,
      “But look here!” interrupted the Pilgrim, desperately, “we can′t afford to wait! We′re only ‘battlers’, me and my mate, pickin′ up crumbs by the wayside. We′ve got to catch the——”
  3. One who who works hard in the face of adversity.
    • 2006, Clive Hamilton, What′s Left? The Death of Social Democracy[1], page 27:
      In an earlier era Australia was a nation of battlers, of working people who were hardened by the rigours of economic depression and war, and, if not proud of their penury, certainly not ashamed of it. The Aussie battler became an icon of Australian political folklore, and the image persists into the present even though, as a result of sustained economic growth for the last five decades, the number of people who truly struggle has shrunk to a small proportion of the population. For every genuine battler there are three or four who imagine they fit the description. That is why our political leaders keep alive and exploit the myth of the Aussie battler.
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

See batteler.


battler (plural battlers)

  1. Alternative form of batteler