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

Definition of keeper

1 : one that keeps: such as
c : warden
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 The last northern male white rhino, laying with his head on the ground and his keeper touching Sudan, forehead to forehead. National Geographic, "Episode 8: The Frozen Zoo," 10 Dec. 2019 But with Clockers trailing by a point in the fourth quarter , Cavanagh connected with senior Jake Latessa on a 73-yard catch-and-run, setting up his own 1-yard keeper and the Clockers were on their way to a 28-22 win over Bishop Fenwick., "“He’s been doing it all year,” said Ashland coach Andrew MacKay, a 2002 grad of the school. “It felt like it was there all day, but whenever we need these boys, we can count on them for sure.”," 7 Dec. 2019 Artist’s widows are keepers of the flame and often epic trouble makers. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Puzzling over Meaning in Winslow Homer’s Kissing the Moon," 7 Dec. 2019 And it's brought to life by a librarian who is unexpectedly the keeper of a little boy who doesn't seem to have anywhere to go on Christmas Eve. Becca Martin-brown, Arkansas Online, "A Delightful New 'Christmas Carol'," 25 Nov. 2019 Going by precedent, a state like Madhya Pradesh, for instance, would take 294 years to have 33% women among its law-keepers. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "Some Indian states will take over 200 years to make a third of their police forces female," 7 Nov. 2019 The previous August, my brother Joseph, three years my senior, my childhood playmate and confidant, my soul mate and friend, my keeper of secrets, died tragically. Janine Di Giovanni, Harper's magazine, "Notes on a Crisis," 28 Oct. 2019 Their keepers had hoped the two would mate -- even installing a maternity den -- but Ahpun never became pregnant. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Lyutyik the polar bear, Alaska Zoo webcam star, has died," 15 Oct. 2019 Christian Eriksen would be the man to rescue his keeper on this occasion - scoring his second goal of the afternoon to wrap up all three points., "10 of Hugo Lloris' Greatest Goalkeeping Calamities," 30 Sep. 2019

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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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24 Feb 2020

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“Keeper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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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