a person or thing that keeps time.
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.
a timepiece: This watch is a good timekeeper.
a person employed to keep account of the hours of work done by others.
a person who beats time in music.

Origin of timekeeper

First recorded in 1680–90; time + keeper
Related formstime·keep·ing, noun
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Examples from the Web for timekeeper

Historical Examples of timekeeper

  • Henceforth, as formerly, the sun will suffice him for a timekeeper.

  • Lum will be timekeeper and referee to make them break away when they clinch.

  • Bangs said I could be a timekeeper, at fifteen dollars per week.

    Randy of the River

    Horatio Alger Jr.

  • “There are only five minutes more of play,” said Tom, who heard that from the timekeeper.

    A Quarter-Back's Pluck

    Lester Chadwick

  • A clerk from the timekeeper's office shoved in, taking his place.

    Old Judge Priest

    Irvin S. Cobb

British Dictionary definitions for timekeeper



a person or thing that keeps or records time
an employee who maintains a record of the hours worked by the other employees
a device for indicating time; timepiece
an employee with respect to his or her record of punctualitya good timekeeper
Derived Formstimekeeping, noun
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