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wrangler (plural wranglers)
- Someone who wrangles or corrals.
- A brawler or disputant.
- c. 1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Troylus and Cressida”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, scene ii]:
- The Seas and Windes (old Wranglers) tooke a Truce, / And did him ſeruice; he touch'd the Ports desir'd,
- (US) A cowboy who takes care of saddle horses.
- 1907, Stewart Edward White, chapter 5, in Arizona Nights:
- Even as I stretched my arms and shivered a little, the two wranglers threw down their tin plates with a clatter, mounted horses and rode away in the direction of the thousand acres or so known as the pasture.
- (US) A cowboy who takes care of tourists.
- An animal handler or trainer.
- (Britain, education, Cambridge University) A student who has completed the third year of the mathematical tripos with first-class honours.
- 1847 January – 1848 July, William Makepeace Thackeray, chapter XXXIV, in Vanity Fair. A Novel without a Hero, London: Bradbury and Evans, […], published 1848, OCLC 3174108:
- During all this excursion, she condescended to say civil things to him: she quoted Italian and French poetry to the poor bewildered lad, and persisted that he was a fine scholar, and was perfectly sure he would gain a gold medal, and be a Senior Wrangler.
- (US, education, New England, derogatory) A special education teacher.
In the Cambridge sense, the student taking the first place in the class is the senior wrangler, the second is the second wrangler, and so on.