1. 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 formsgame·keep·ing, nounun·der·game·keep·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for gamekeeping

Historical Examples of gamekeeping

  • 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


  1. a person employed to take care of game and wildlife, as on an estate
Derived Formsgamekeeping, 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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