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 Former Boston University hockey player Travis Roy was known to Bostonians for his story and his philanthropy, but those close to Roy also knew him as a keeper of good friends and a fan of good IPAs., "Breweries team up for a Travis Roy tribute beer," 1 Apr. 2021 In the late two-thousands, other classic-Tetris players began submitting videos of their high scores to the Web site Twin Galaxies, which acted as an official record keeper. Jacob Sweet, The New Yorker, "The Revolution in Classic Tetris," 26 Mar. 2021 As an elder in the Native American tradition, a keeper of stories. Jenna Ross, Star Tribune, "Attuned to the Earth's moods, revered Native writer N. Scott Momaday sounds an alarm," 12 Mar. 2021 Gibbs served as a lighthouse keeper at the Tillamook Rock Light on the north Oregon coast, and built his own private lighthouse, the Cleft of the Rock Light, near Yachats. oregonlive, "We mapped every major shipwreck at the Graveyard of the Pacific," 7 Mar. 2021 Fields, as the keeper of the Legend of Ol’ Rip, tells schoolchildren the tale of the indestructible reptile. al, "Fire ants accidentally sent to Alabama in 1930s helping wipe out Texas horned lizards," 4 Mar. 2021 Fields, as the keeper of the Legend of Ol’ Rip, tells schoolchildren the tale of the indestructible reptile. Los Angeles Times, "‘Whoa! What’s happening?’ Horny toads are disappearing. Can they be saved?," 2 Mar. 2021 Casey Hanrahan subbed as an emergency keeper for the first 20 minutes, making two early saves. Joseph Halm | Contributing Writer,, "PJP II girls clinch District 5-IV with scoreless tie vs. Christ Episcopal," 23 Jan. 2021 But the preference seemingly remains a one-year deal as a keeper. Ira Winderman,, "Winderman: Heat possess untouchables, shiny objects when it comes to trades | Commentary," 24 Oct. 2020

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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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19 Apr 2021

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“Keeper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 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
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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