[ swee-per ]
/ ˈswi pər /


a person or thing that sweeps.
a janitor.
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) /


a person employed to sweep, such as a roadsweeper
any device for sweepinga carpet sweeper
informal soccer a player who supports the main defenders, as by intercepting loose balls, etc
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