keep·​er ˈkē-pər How to pronounce keeper (audio)
: one that keeps: such as
: warden
chiefly British : curator
: any of various devices for keeping something in position
: one suitable for or worth keeping: such as
: a fruit or vegetable that keeps well
: a fish large enough to be legally caught and kept
: one having genuine or lasting merit
their new album is a keeper
: a domestic animal considered with respect to how easy it is to care for
an easy keeper
: an offensive football play in which the quarterback runs with the ball

Example Sentences

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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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Keeper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition



keep·​er ˈkē-pər How to pronounce keeper (audio)
: one that keeps
they are keepers of their word
especially : a person who watches, guards, or takes care of something or someone
the keeper of a shop

Legal Definition



: 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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