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[geym-kee-per] /ˈgeɪmˌki pər/
a person employed, as on an estate or game preserve, to prevent poaching and provide a natural environment conducive to the propagation of game, as by thinning brush, scattering food after a snowstorm, and the like.
Origin of gamekeeper
1660-70; game1 + keeper
Related forms
gamekeeping, noun
undergamekeeper, noun Unabridged
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  • You say you are afraid of the gamekeeper; this, perhaps, allows some sense in you, for he is paid for killing all kinds of vermin.

  • A man in gamekeeper's clothes had issued from the lodge, carrying a gun.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • My precious Thornie is more of the bully—John, who sleeps whole weeks among the hills, has most of the gamekeeper.

    Red Cap Tales Samuel Rutherford Crockett
  • Your father is Orn Skinner, who shot the gamekeeper to-night?

    Tess of the Storm Country Grace Miller White
  • Cloudesdale the butler knew well in what he was changed, as did old Hesketh the groom, and Gilsby the gamekeeper.

  • Gooder than all ye whole church, if his gun did kill the gamekeeper.

    Tess of the Storm Country Grace Miller White
  • I have already had to intercede for him with the gamekeeper.

  • A gamekeeper had a Newfoundland dog which he used as a retriever.

    Anecdotes of Dogs Edward Jesse
  • The gamekeeper said during breeding season he had never observed a single or unpaired partridge.

  • The face of the gamekeeper lying there in the moonlight haunted him.

    Dr. Jolliffe's Boys Lewis Hough
British Dictionary definitions for gamekeeper


a person employed to take care of game and wildlife, as on an estate
Derived Forms
gamekeeping, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for gamekeeper

1660s, from game (n.) in the animal sense + agent noun from keep (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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