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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
1660-70; game1 + keeper
Related forms
gamekeeping, noun
undergamekeeper, noun Unabridged
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  • gamekeeping is an occupation peculiarly favourable to loafing if a man is inclined that way.

    The Gamekeeper at Home Richard Jefferies
  • I here saw, at this gamekeeping farmhouse, what I had not seen since my departure from the Wen; namely, a wheat-rick!

    Rural Rides William Cobbett
British Dictionary definitions for gamekeeping


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 gamekeeping



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

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