[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. game-cock,
  2. gamebag,
  3. gamebreaker,
  4. gamecast,
  5. gamecock,
  6. gamelan,
  7. gamelin,
  8. gamely,
  9. gameness,
  10. gameplay

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. 2019

Examples from the Web for 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


/ (ˈɡeɪmˌkiːpə) /


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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper