keeper

noun keep·er \ ˈkē-pər \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of keeper

1 : one that keeps: such as
a : protector
c : warden
d : custodian
e chiefly British : curator
2 : any of various devices for keeping something in position
3 a : one suitable for or worth keeping: such 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
5 : an offensive football play in which the quarterback runs with the ball

Examples of keeper in a Sentence

  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

Recent Examples of keeper from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'keeper.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of keeper

14th century



KEEPER Defined for English Language Learners

keeper

noun

Definition of keeper for English Language Learners

  • : 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


KEEPER Defined for Kids

keeper

noun keep·er \ ˈkē-pər \

Definition of keeper for Students

: a person who watches, guards, or takes care of something

Law Dictionary

keeper

noun keep·er

legal Definition of keeper

: one that takes care of and often is legally responsible for something
  • a dog's keeper
  • a keeper of the property


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up keeper? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to remove or wipe out

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!