Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who heels shoes.
  • n. Informal A ward heeler.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A gamecock that strikes well with its heels or spurs.
  • n. A dependent and subservient hanger-on of a political patron.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A cock that strikes well with his heels or spurs.
  • n. A dependent and subservient hanger-on of a political patron.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A cock that strikes well with his heels.
  • n. A quick runner.
  • n. [Cf. LG. hakken-kiker (lit. ‘heel-watcher’: see keek) and hakken-treder (lit. ‘heel-treader’: see tread), a lackey (who follows at the heels of his master).] One who follows at the heels of another; an unscrupulous or disreputable follower or hanger-on of a professional politician or “boss,” or of a party.

Etymologies

heel +‎ -er (Wiktionary)

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  • “He made it clear that the issue was not Mr. Burris’s qualifications, but Gov. Blagojevich’s standing as a desperate ward heeler who’s lost all credibility.�?

    The New York Times, The Latest From Illinois, December 30, 2008

    January 1, 2009