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keeper

[kee-per] /ˈki pər/
noun
1.
a person who guards or watches, as at a prison or gate.
2.
a person who assumes responsibility for another's behavior:
He refused to be his brother's keeper.
3.
a person who owns or operates a business (usually used in combination):
a hotelkeeper.
4.
a person who is responsible for the maintenance of something (often used in combination):
a zookeeper; a groundskeeper.
5.
a person charged with responsibility for the preservation and conservation of something valuable, as a curator or game warden.
6.
a person who conforms to or abides by a requirement:
a keeper of his word.
7.
a fish that is of sufficient size to be caught and retained without violating the law.
8.
Football. a play in which the quarterback retains the ball and runs with it, usually after faking a hand-off or pass.
9.
something that serves to hold in place, retain, etc., as on a door lock.
10.
something that lasts well, as a fruit.
11.
12.
an iron or steel bar placed across the poles of a permanent horseshoe magnet for preserving the strength of the magnet during storage.
Origin of keeper
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English keper. See keep, -er1
Related forms
keeperless, adjective
keepership, noun
underkeeper, noun
Synonyms
1. warden, jailer. 2. custodian, guardian.
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Examples from the Web for under-keeper
Historical Examples
  • And let him only speak, and the place of under-keeper shall be his, damn me twice over if it sha'n't!

    The Road to Paris Robert Neilson Stephens
  • There are the two terriers and the under-keeper's Irish mongrel that's on to rats like a flash.

  • The Justices looked surprised, as the under-keeper had the character of being an honest, truth-telling man.

    Christmas Stories Edward Berens
  • Here also, in all probability, was the man who had fired the shot that killed the under-keeper.

    Mrs. Severn, Vol. 1 (of 3) Mary Elizabeth Carter
  • But the man who had helped the lad to administer the poisoned clyster, the under-keeper Weston, was at hand.

    She Stands Accused Victor MacClure
  • She turned and left him, while Appleby, who went down, found Godfrey Palliser talking to the under-keeper on the terrace.

    The Dust of Conflict David Goodger (goodger@python.org)
  • I've heard Giles say so to the under-keeper and call him 'a regular slaughterer' and 'a true-blood Englishman.'

    The Mahatma and the Hare H. Rider Haggard
  • The old house-keeper, Madame Paillard, nodded and pointed to her son, the under-keeper.

    Lorraine Robert W. Chambers
  • Toomer, the under-keeper, went with him to the place, accompanied by a bloodhound.

    Anecdotes of Dogs Edward Jesse
  • A casual question of mine about the game conditions elicited from him the information that he was an under-keeper at the Castle.

    The Man with the Clubfoot Valentine Williams
British Dictionary definitions for under-keeper

keeper

/ˈkiːpə/
noun
1.
a person in charge of animals, esp in a zoo
2.
a person in charge of a museum, collection, or section of a museum
3.
a person in charge of other people, such as a warder in a jail
5.
a person who keeps something
6.
a device, such as a clip, for keeping something in place
7.
a soft iron or steel bar placed across the poles of a permanent magnet to close the magnetic circuit when it is not in use
Derived Forms
keeperless, adjective
keepership, noun
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Contemporary definitions for under-keeper
noun

See trapper

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Word Origin and History for under-keeper

keeper

n.

c.1300 (late 13c. as a surname), "one who has charge of some person or thing, warden," agent noun from keep (v.). Sense of "one who carries on some business" is from mid-15c. Sporting sense (originally cricket) is from 1744. Meaning "something (or someone) worth keeping" is attested by 1999. Brother's keeper is from Genesis iv:9.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for under-keeper

keeper

noun

Someone or something worth keeping or trying to keep: This husband's a keeper

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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