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[tahym-kee-per] /ˈtaɪmˌki pər/
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
First recorded in 1680-90; time + keeper
Related forms
timekeeping, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • I dont believe I could get a job at timekeeping in a real mill.

  • timekeeping for a stevedore firm and getting ten dollars a week!

    The Viking Blood

    Frederick William Wallace
  • For timekeeping, the watch was still less useful than the watchman.

    Time Telling through the Ages Harry Chase Brearley
  • It had a striking part, and a timekeeping part, each distinct from the other.

    Stories of Useful Inventions Samuel Eagle Foreman
  • A timekeeping department, the pendulum or balance spring, whose oscillations must all be of equal duration.

    A Text-Book of Astronomy George C. Comstock
  • The question arises, therefore, why this newcomer in the field of timekeeping, should have begun to displace the earlier devices.

    Time Telling through the Ages Harry Chase Brearley
  • Altogether, then, these early clocks were easily surpassed in accuracy of timekeeping by a sun-dial or a good clepsydra.

    Time Telling through the Ages Harry Chase Brearley
  • The study comprises part of the background research for the hall of timekeeping in the Museum of History and Technology.

    The Auburndale Watch Company Edwin A. Battison
British Dictionary definitions for timekeeping


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 punctuality: a good timekeeper
Derived Forms
timekeeping, noun
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