ostler

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Phonetic spelling of hostler, from late 14thC.[1]

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ostler (plural ostlers)

  1. A person employed at an inn, hostelry, or stable to look after horses; a groom
    • 1979, J.G. Ballard, The Unlimited Dream Company, chapter 21:
      Followed by the sun, I left the grounds of the mansion and entered the deserted park, an ostler leading a large and passive work-horse out to the day's labour.

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