grounds·​keep·​er | \ˈgrau̇n(d)z-ˌkē-pər \

Definition of groundskeeper 

: a person who cares for the grounds of a usually large property (such as a sports field)

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The plaintiff, Dewayne Johnson, was a California groundskeeper who regularly used Roundup. Yvette D'entremont, SELF, "Should You Worry About Herbicides In Your Food?," 10 Oct. 2018 Two years into his time as groundskeeper, he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and, later, with a more aggressive form of the cancer. Matthew Berger, Fox News, "Can using weed killer give you cancer?," 27 Aug. 2018 Toma, the former groundskeeper for the Royals, Chiefs and Kansas City Athletics, probably never encountered a situation like this. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "What does a deluge of rain do to a turf football field? This one became a waterbed," 25 June 2018 Its sole human residents are a few groundskeepers, and the island’s landscape and rare breeds of wildlife remain virtually undisturbed by humans. Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Island of Montecristo Only Allows 1,000 Visitors a Year," 29 Aug. 2018 Prince Charles has a domestic staff of about 80 — valets, chauffeurs, butlers, cooks, groundskeepers. Jonathan Reynolds, Town & Country, "At Your Service," 11 July 2014 On Saturday, groundskeepers made a shocking discovery: More than 200 monuments and headstones had been vandalized, each spray-painted with a swastika. Matt Stevens, New York Times, "A Cemetery Scrambles to Scrub Off More Than 200 Swastikas by Memorial Day," 27 May 2018 Dewayne Johnson used Roundup during his two years as a groundskeeper and blames his 2014 cancer diagnosis on its active ingredient, glyphosate. CBS News, "Monsanto faces its first trial over allegations Roundup ingredient caused cancer," 19 June 2018 Here's what patients need to know about UC Davis strike AFSCME 3299 represents 24,000 workers across the UC system, including medical assistants, respiratory therapists, health care unit workers, custodians and groundskeepers in its service unit. Molly Sullivan, sacbee, "'You can feel it when the workers aren’t there.' Nurses strike with hospital workers | The Sacramento Bee," 9 May 2018

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1903, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of groundskeeper was in 1903

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: a person who takes care of a large area of land (such as a sports field or a park)

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