- a person or thing that keeps time.
- an official appointed to time, regulate, and record the duration of a sports contest or its component parts, as to give the official time of a race, assure that a round of boxing is ended exactly on time, or announce to football, basketball, hockey, etc., teams the amount of time left to play.
- a timepiece: This watch is a good timekeeper.
- a person employed to keep account of the hours of work done by others.
- a person who beats time in music.
Origin of timekeeper
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Examples from the Web for time-keeper
The time-keeper watches out and nobody has a chance to get off.Reels and Spindles
Frank Norwood was the time-keeper, and he stood with his watch in his hand.The Yacht Club
I got a job as time-keeper, but I didn't keep it down a week.The Third Degree
Charles Klein and Arthur Hornblow
A page from a time-keeper's notebook is reproduced in Fig. 3.
I should have been content to have gone on with my work as time-keeper at the mine.A Gamble with Life
Silas K. Hocking
- a person or thing that keeps or records time
- an employee who maintains a record of the hours worked by the other employees
- a device for indicating time; timepiece
- an employee with respect to his or her record of punctualitya good timekeeper
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Word Origin and History for time-keeper
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