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

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Right to the keeper, but still encouraging for Denmark. Victor Mather, New York Times, "Shootout Sunday: Croatia Follows Russia’s Lead and Wins on Penalty Kicks," 3 July 2018 Still there was time for Lingard to come close again twice, first from a goalbound shot and then a dink over the keeper which agonisingly struck the post. Daniel Hicks,, "Captain fantastic Kane to the rescue as England beat Tunisia at the last," 19 June 2018 Alfred Finnbogason tied the score four minutes later, gathering the rebound after a save by Willy Caballero and poking the ball past the Argentine keeper. Kevin Baxter,, "Iceland goalie stops Messi penalty kick; Argentina can't break Iceland in 1-1 draw," 16 June 2018 But 15 minutes into the second half, Wenger's side found the back of the net from French striker Lacazette, who made up for missed opportunities earlier in the game with a powerful header past Atletico keeper Jan Oblak. Sandy Thin, CNN, "Europa League: Antoine Griezmann sucker punch floors Arsenal," 26 Apr. 2018 The Winterhawks would strike first when Mason Mannek slapped a puck past the keeper on an assist coming from Conor MacEachernat the 9:20 mark in the first period. Tim Brown,, "Spokane rallies to defeat Portland Winterhawks in overtime of WHL playoffs Game 5," 1 Apr. 2018 Kingwood took the lead in the fifth minute, with sophomore Emma Ebert delivering a cross into the center of the box, where fellow sophomore Alex Dumais beat her defender and volleyed it past the keeper. Jason Mcdaniel, Houston Chronicle, "HS notebook: Kingwood girls soccer off to fast start," 8 Feb. 2018 The Tigers scored their second goal in the 52nd minute when Elijah Rodriguez corralled a rebound and ripped it past the keeper for the 2-0 advantage. Josh Preston,, "'Playing for Karr changed my life': 12 players declare on National Signing Day," 7 Feb. 2018 By custom and law, discoveries are usually finders keepers. John Bordsen, USA TODAY, "N.C.'s haul from ‘native son’ Blackbeard's 300th anniversary: Tourist gold," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of keeper

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of keeper

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