verb (used without object), house·kept, house·keep·ing.

to keep or maintain a house.

Origin of housekeep

First recorded in 1835–45; back formation from housekeeping Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for housekeep

Historical Examples of housekeep

  • You'll housekeep, Sadie, and we four will go and earn dollars.

    The Hero of Panama

    F. S. Brereton

  • You know you said it was not worth while for me to learn to housekeep.

  • I wonder, if I refuse to housekeep, whether I 'll get—a better offer.

    The Story Of Waitstill Baxter

    By Kate Douglas Wiggin

  • Helen, who from the first had insisted on nursing her father herself, had no time to housekeep.


    L. T. Meade

  • "Call on me to housekeep for you at any time," cried Polly gayly.

    The Unspeakable Perk

    Samuel Hopkins Adams