[ tahym-kee-per ]
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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.

  1. a timepiece: This watch is a good timekeeper.

  2. a person employed to keep account of the hours of work done by others.

  3. a person who beats time in music.

Origin of timekeeper

First recorded in 1680–90; time + keeper

Other words from timekeeper

  • timekeeping, noun

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How to use timekeeper in a sentence

  • The question arises, therefore, why this newcomer in the field of timekeeping, should have begun to displace the earlier devices.

    Time Telling through the Ages | Harry Chase Brearley

British Dictionary definitions for timekeeper


/ (ˈtaɪmˌkiːpə) /

  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

  1. a device for indicating time; timepiece

  2. an employee with respect to his or her record of punctuality: a good timekeeper

Derived forms of timekeeper

  • timekeeping, noun

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