[ swee-per ]
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  1. a person or thing that sweeps.

  1. a janitor.

  2. any of several fishes of the family Pempherididae, of tropical and warm, temperate seas, having an oblong, compressed body.

Origin of sweeper

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at sweep1, -er1

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British Dictionary definitions for sweeper


/ (ˈswiːpə) /

  1. a person employed to sweep, such as a roadsweeper

  2. any device for sweeping: a carpet sweeper

  1. informal soccer a player who supports the main defenders, as by intercepting loose balls, etc

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