English edit

Pronunciation edit

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈbɑtəlɚ/, /ˈbɑtl̩ɚ/, [ˈbɑɾl̩ɚ]
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Etymology 1 edit

From Middle English boteller, botullere, equivalent to bottle +‎ -er. Piecewise doublet of butler.

Noun edit

bottler (plural bottlers)

  1. A person, company, or thing who bottles, especially in bulk.
    • 1899, John Calder, The Prevention of Factory Accidents[1], page 307:
      They shall provide all bottlers with face guards, [] .
    • 1994 May 30, Shawn Willett, PC tools help Coke add life to flat AS/400 data, InfoWorld, page 63,
      Such data is of great value both to the bottlers and to Coca-Cola′s sales and marketing groups.
      “When the bottler looks at this information, he might be interested in how a certain supermarket is performing, while we in the company are interested in how much, for example, McDonald’s is buying in the Southeast,” Aviles notes.
    • 2010, James M. Wahlen, Clyde P. Stickney, Paul Brown, Stephen P. Baginski, Mark Bradshaw, Financial Reporting, Financial Statement Analysis, and Valuation: A Strategic Perspective, 7th edition, page 278:
      Note 8, “Noncontrolled Bottling Affiliates” (Appendix A), indicates that PepsiCo owns approximately 40 percent of the common stock of some of its bottlers.
    • 2023 April 19, Paul Clifton, “Rail is clearly key to our future”, in RAIL, number 981, page 32:
      Maritime Transport runs a train from the bottler of Cola-Cola in Tilbury, six days a week. It started in 2022, and the bottler says it will save four million road miles a year and 15,000 lorry journeys, moving 2.5 million cans and bottles on the train each day.
  2. A truck used for transporting bottled goods in crates.
  3. (Britain, slang) A person who or group that fails to meet expectations, especially one prone to such failure.
  4. A Punchman's assistant who collects money ("bottle") from the audience.
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  • (person or group prone to unexpected failure): choker
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Etymology 2 edit

  • Perhaps from the idea of something being of a high quality and worthy of preservation by bottling, probably from the phrase "good enough to bottle"; compare corker.
  • Perhaps a modification of battler, Australian slang of similar meaning.

Noun edit

bottler (plural bottlers)

  1. (Australia, New Zealand, slang, often with "real") a person or thing that is excellent or admirable.
    • 1970, New Zealand House of Representatives, Parliamentary Debates[2], page 455:
      In Kiwi language anyway, the Minister of Industries and Commerce will go down in history as a real bottler in every sense of the word.
    • 2007, Anthony David Parsons, Tony Parsons, Valley of the White Gold[3]:
      Mum's a real bottler and you′ll find her very sympathetic.
    • 2010, Drew Hunt, Colin and Martin′s London Christmas[4], page 7:
      “You′re a real bottler, mate. That sheila has been trying to get into my pants ever since Sydney. Didn't know how I′d get rid of her.”

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