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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 timekeeper

alarm, timer, dial, clock, watch, chronometer, calendar, chronograph, repeater, metronome, pendulum, horologe, chronoscope, gnomon, sundial, stopwatch, clepsydra, hourglass, timepiece, tattler

Examples from the Web for timekeeper

Historical Examples of timekeeper

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

    Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)

    William Delisle Hay

  • 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


  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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