Definition of Angler

1. Noun. A scheming person; someone who schemes to gain an advantage.

Generic synonyms: Plotter, Schemer
Derivative terms: Angle

2. Noun. A fisherman who uses a hook and line.
Exact synonyms: Troller
Generic synonyms: Fisher, Fisherman
Derivative terms: Angle, Troll

3. Noun. Fishes having large mouths with a wormlike filament attached for luring prey.
Exact synonyms: Allmouth, Angler Fish, Anglerfish, Goosefish, Lophius Americanus, Lotte, Monkfish
Group relationships: Family Lophiidae, Lophiidae
Generic synonyms: Acanthopterygian, Spiny-finned Fish
Terms within: Monkfish
Derivative terms: Angle

Definition of Angler

1. n. One who angles.

Definition of Angler

1. Noun. A person who fishes with a hook and line. ¹

2. Noun. An angler fish. ¹

3. Noun. Someone who tries to work an angle; a person who schemes or has an ulterior motive. ¹

4. Noun. (slang 1811) Pilferers or petty thieves, who, with a stick having a hook at the end, steal goods out of shop-windows, grates, etc. ¹

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Definition of Angler

1. one that angles [n -S] - See also: angles

Medical Definition of Angler

1. 1. One who angles. 2. A fish (Lophius piscatorius), of Europe and America, having a large, broad, and depressed head, with the mouth very large. Peculiar appendages on the head are said to be used to entice fishes within reach. Synonym: fishing frog, frogfish, toadfish, goosefish, allmouth, monkfish, etc. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Angler

angle of torsion
angle of view
angle quote
angled loofah
angler (current term)
angler fish
angler fishes
angles of attack
angles of incidence
angles of reflection
angles of refraction

Literary usage of Angler

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The English Catalogue of Books by Sampson Low, Publishers' Circular, Sampson Low, Son and Marston (1901)
"Contains a reprint (by permission) of the Chronicle of the Compleat angler, by Thomas West- wood and Thomas Satchell. Over 50 full-page photogravures, ..."

2. Sport: Attempt at a Bibliography of Books and Periodicals Published During C. M. van Stockum by C. M. van Stockum (1911)
"Nineteen editions of Walton's Complete angler, published 1890 till 1911. Walton (I.). а. ... Tbe Compleat angler: or the contemplative man's recreation. ..."

3. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"When a pike seizes it, ten minutes must be allowed for him to pouch, when the angler must strike firmly, hold on, and get his fish out as well as he can. ..."

4. The Quarterly Review by William Gifford, George Walter Prothero, John Gibson Lockhart, John Murray, Whitwell Elwin, John Taylor Coleridge, Rowland Edmund Prothero Ernle, William Macpherson, William Smith (1875)
"Izaak Walton's Compleat angler. 1st edition. 1653. 9. Recreations of Christopher North. ... The Practical angler. By WC Stewart. Edinburgh, 1867. 11. ..."

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