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[geym-kee-per] /ˈgeɪmˌki pər/
a person employed, as on an estate or game preserve, to prevent poaching and provide a natural environment conducive to the propagation of game, as by thinning brush, scattering food after a snowstorm, and the like.
Origin of gamekeeper
First recorded in 1660-70; game1 + keeper
Related forms
gamekeeping, noun
undergamekeeper, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for gamekeeper
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  • A man in gamekeeper's clothes had issued from the lodge, carrying a gun.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Here, I found, lived the gamekeeper and a few farm labourers.

    Adventures and Recollections Bill o'th' Hoylus End
  • "He killed the gamekeeper, Ezy says,—Daddy Skinner," she whimpered.

    Tess of the Storm Country

    Grace Miller White
  • Your father is Orn Skinner, who shot the gamekeeper to-night?

    Tess of the Storm Country

    Grace Miller White
  • Gooder than all ye whole church, if his gun did kill the gamekeeper.

    Tess of the Storm Country

    Grace Miller White
  • See what is said upon this subject in that delicious book, "The gamekeeper at Home."

    Crocker's Hole R. D. Blackmore
  • I knew that she was happy in it, and that it had once been a gamekeeper's cottage, but that was about all.

    The Lowest Rung

    Mary Cholmondeley
  • "And poaches all he can lay hands on," added the gamekeeper.

    The Chestermarke Instinct J. S. Fletcher
  • The gamekeeper has brought in a thoroughly trained dog, which will also be yours.

    The Champdoce Mystery Emile Gaboriau
  • There were the footprints of the gamekeeper from A to his lodge at AA.

    The Canterbury Puzzles

    Henry Ernest Dudeney
British Dictionary definitions for gamekeeper


a person employed to take care of game and wildlife, as on an estate
Derived Forms
gamekeeping, noun
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Word Origin and History for gamekeeper

1660s, from game (n.) in the animal sense + agent noun from keep (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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