keep·er | \ˈkē-pər \

Definition of keeper 

1 : one that keeps: such as

a : protector

b : gamekeeper

c : warden

d : custodian

e chiefly British : curator

2 : any of various devices for keeping something in position

3a : 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

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Examples of keeper in a Sentence

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

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Despite attempts by her keepers to introduce male partners, Koko never became a mother., "Koko the Gorilla Used Smarts, Empathy to Help Change Views," 21 June 2018 In the days leading up to his induction into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame on June 14, the keeper of 35 No. Cathy Applefeld Olson, Billboard, "Alan Jackson Looks Back on the Vivid Storytelling of His Biggest Songs: 'It Must Be a Gift From Heaven'," 11 June 2018 Kids can also make their way through a maze, get their faces painted, meet animals, talk with keepers, have their photos taken with the Easter Bunny, and watch the Wildlife Wonders Show. April Orcutt,, "Bunnies, Jerry Garcia and zombies fill the March 30-April 1 calendar," 25 Mar. 2018 Additionally, new goalkeeper coach Jack Stern practiced with three keepers. Charlie Hatch,, "Here's what FC Cincinnati's first practice of 2018 looked like," 18 Jan. 2018 But the keepers of the game are projecting a $1 billion bump in television, ticketing, sponsorship and merchandising sales by bloating its golden goose from 64 to 80 games. Mark Zeigler,, "The World Cup works fine with 32 teams, but FIFA is about to ruin it," 13 July 2018 The irony is, Solo, keeper of an iconic cultural artifact, would never again have as clean a link to pop culture. Christopher Borrelli,, "That red plastic cup is a Chicago original. Proceed to party.," 29 June 2018 As a saving grace, Keylor Navas of Costa Rica has been one of the keepers of the tournament so far. Victor Mather, New York Times, "Switzerland Does Enough to Advance in World Cup," 28 June 2018 Apparently Saturday was Molitor's day as keeper of baseball's unwritten rules. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Molitor on Profar HBP: 'We wanted to give him an opportunity to steal another base'," 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of keeper

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Phrases Related to keeper

finders keepers (losers weepers)

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English Language Learners Definition of keeper

: 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


keep·er | \ˈkē-pər \

Kids Definition of keeper

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



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

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