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  1. a person or thing that keeps time.
  2. an official appointed to time, regulate, and record the duration of a sports contest or its component parts, as to give the official time of a race, assure that a round of boxing is ended exactly on time, or announce to football, basketball, hockey, etc., teams the amount of time left to play.
  3. a timepiece: This watch is a good timekeeper.
  4. a person employed to keep account of the hours of work done by others.
  5. a person who beats time in music.
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Origin of timekeeper

First recorded in 1680–90; time + keeper
Related formstime·keep·ing, noun
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Related Words for time-keeper

dial, clock, watch, chronometer, calendar, chronograph, repeater, metronome, pendulum, horologe, chronoscope, gnomon, sundial, stopwatch, clepsydra, hourglass, time-keeper

Examples from the Web for time-keeper

Historical Examples of time-keeper

  • The time-keeper watches out and nobody has a chance to get off.

    Reels and Spindles

    Evelyn Raymond

  • Frank Norwood was the time-keeper, and he stood with his watch in his hand.

    The Yacht Club

    Oliver Optic

  • I got a job as time-keeper, but I didn't keep it down a week.

    The Third Degree

    Charles Klein and Arthur Hornblow

  • A page from a time-keeper's notebook is reproduced in Fig. 3.

  • I should have been content to have gone on with my work as time-keeper at the mine.

    A Gamble with Life

    Silas K. Hocking

British Dictionary definitions for time-keeper


  1. a person or thing that keeps or records time
  2. an employee who maintains a record of the hours worked by the other employees
  3. a device for indicating time; timepiece
  4. an employee with respect to his or her record of punctualitya good timekeeper
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Derived Formstimekeeping, noun
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Word Origin and History for time-keeper


also timekeeper, 1680s, from time (n.) + keeper.

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