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keeper

[kee-per] /ˈki pər/
noun
1.
a person who guards or watches, as at a prison or gate.
2.
a person who assumes responsibility for another's behavior:
He refused to be his brother's keeper.
3.
a person who owns or operates a business (usually used in combination):
a hotelkeeper.
4.
a person who is responsible for the maintenance of something (often used in combination):
a zookeeper; a groundskeeper.
5.
a person charged with responsibility for the preservation and conservation of something valuable, as a curator or game warden.
6.
a person who conforms to or abides by a requirement:
a keeper of his word.
7.
a fish that is of sufficient size to be caught and retained without violating the law.
8.
Football. a play in which the quarterback retains the ball and runs with it, usually after faking a hand-off or pass.
9.
something that serves to hold in place, retain, etc., as on a door lock.
10.
something that lasts well, as a fruit.
11.
12.
an iron or steel bar placed across the poles of a permanent horseshoe magnet for preserving the strength of the magnet during storage.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English keper. See keep, -er1
Related forms
keeperless, adjective
keepership, noun
underkeeper, noun
Synonyms
1. warden, jailer. 2. custodian, guardian.
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British Dictionary definitions for keepership

keeper

/ˈkiːpə/
noun
1.
a person in charge of animals, esp in a zoo
2.
a person in charge of a museum, collection, or section of a museum
3.
a person in charge of other people, such as a warder in a jail
5.
a person who keeps something
6.
a device, such as a clip, for keeping something in place
7.
a soft iron or steel bar placed across the poles of a permanent magnet to close the magnetic circuit when it is not in use
Derived Forms
keeperless, adjective
keepership, noun
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Contemporary definitions for keepership
noun

See trapper

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Word Origin and History for keepership

keeper

n.

c.1300 (late 13c. as a surname), "one who has charge of some person or thing, warden," agent noun from keep (v.). Sense of "one who carries on some business" is from mid-15c. Sporting sense (originally cricket) is from 1744. Meaning "something (or someone) worth keeping" is attested by 1999. Brother's keeper is from Genesis iv:9.

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Slang definitions & phrases for keepership

keeper

noun

Someone or something worth keeping or trying to keep: This husband's a keeper


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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