noun keep·er \ˈkē-pər\

: a person whose job is to guard or take care of something or someone

: something or someone that is worth keeping : something or someone that is good, valuable, etc.

American football : a play in which the quarterback runs with the ball

Full Definition of KEEPER

:  one that keeps: as
a :  protector
b :  gamekeeper
c :  warden
d :  custodian
e chiefly British :  curator
:  any of various devices for keeping something in position
a :  one suitable for or worth keeping: as (1) :  a fruit or vegetable that keeps well (2) :  a fish large enough to be legally caught and kept (3) :  one having genuine or lasting merit <their new album is a keeper>
b :  a domestic animal considered with respect to how easy it is to care for <an easy keeper>
:  an offensive football play in which the quarterback runs with the ball

Examples of KEEPER

  1. Hold on to that boyfriend of yours—he's a keeper!
  2. <how should I know where she is? I'm not her keeper>

First Known Use of KEEPER

14th century


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