[ 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

game·keep·ing, nounun·der·game·keep·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gamekeeper


/ (ˈɡeɪmˌkiːpə) /


a person employed to take care of game and wildlife, as on an estate

Derived Forms

gamekeeping, noun
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