Origin of keeper

First recorded in 1250–1300, keeper is from the Middle English word keper. See keep, -er1
Related formskeep·er·less, adjectivekeep·er·ship, nounun·der·keep·er, noun

Synonyms for keeper Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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a person in charge of animals, esp in a zoo
a person in charge of a museum, collection, or section of a museum
a person in charge of other people, such as a warder in a jail
a person who keeps something
a device, such as a clip, for keeping something in place
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 Formskeeperless, adjectivekeepership, noun
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Word Origin and History for keeper

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.

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