keep·​er | \ ˈkē-pər How to pronounce keeper (audio) \

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
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
Recent Examples on the Web Weaver said Taliaferro was the scrapbook keeper of the family, leaving many records to use in the film. Matt Cohen, The Indianapolis Star, 7 Sep. 2021 The keeper trained off and on with the Lions throughout the past week. Julia Poe,, 5 Sep. 2021 The keeper faced 16 shots and made five saves in the Timbers’ 2-0 win against the Seattle Sounders. Portland Timbers And Thorns Fc, oregonlive, 3 Sep. 2021 Racing players didn’t practice penalty kicks ahead of its Women’s Cup matches, least of all the second-string keeper. Hayes Gardner, The Courier-Journal, 26 Aug. 2021 While enjoying his frozen treats, the giant panda cub imitated mom, says the keeper. Amy Eskind,, 25 Aug. 2021 Jamie Bernstein, largely the public-facing keeper of her father’s legacy, had visited the Music Box while the Grammy Museum’s exhibit was housed there in 2019. Hannah Edgar,, 8 Aug. 2021 Also, the zookeepers prepare for the birth of a litter of African wild dogs, and the newest keeper handles a golden eagle with help from zoo director Jim Breheny. Los Angeles Times, 6 Aug. 2021 National Zoo panda keeper Marty Dearie tells PEOPLE. Amy Eskind,, 25 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of keeper

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of keeper was in the 14th century

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10 Sep 2021

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“Keeper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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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.


keep·​er | \ ˈkē-pər How to pronounce keeper (audio) \

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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