time·​keep·​er | \ˈtīm-ˌkē-pər \

Definition of timekeeper 

1 : a person appointed to mark and announce the time in an athletic game or contest

2 : timepiece

3 : a clerk who keeps records of the time worked by employees

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timekeeping \ ˈtīm-​ˌkē-​piŋ \ noun

Synonyms for timekeeper


chronometer, clock, timepiece, timer

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Examples of timekeeper in a Sentence

The timekeeper forgot to stop the clock during the team's last time-out. the museum includes some ancient water clocks and sundials in its collection of historical timekeepers

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The timekeeper signals for the last ball to be drawn. Scott Bordow, azcentral, "How it happened: Phoenix Suns win NBA draft lottery," 19 May 2018 The timekeepers displayed in the photo aren't just your ordinary watches either. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin Showed off Matching Diamond Watches," 14 July 2018 Our circadian rhythms—the biological timekeepers of things like blood pressure, hormone levels, and metabolism—are coupled to our mental states. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "Twitter Users Are Analytical in the Morning, Angsty at Night," 22 June 2018 Eventually, the effects of tidal friction should overcome all those other factors, and Earth’s days will get longer and longer as its rotation keeps slowing (forcing timekeepers to add leap seconds to the calendar periodically). Brian Resnick, Vox, "The summer solstice is Thursday: 6 things to know about the longest day of the year," 19 June 2018 The Website's database clock will be the official timekeeper for this contest. Houston Chronicle, "Official Rules: Daily Playbook Newsletter TXSN Ticket Giveaway," 11 May 2018 Hemsworth also is a brand ambassador for TAG Heuer, the official timekeeper of the Indianapolis 500. Heather Tucker, USA TODAY, "'Avengers' star Chris Hemsworth will wave green flag to start 2018 Indianapolis 500," 14 May 2018 When another timekeeper job opened in December 1948, Terry told her boss that Fred would take it. M.a.c. Lynch, courant.com, "Love Story: Still On Hayride Of Love After Two Near Disasters," 29 Apr. 2018 Easter morning, a day for repenting sins, fitting since Conte will serve as penalty timekeeper for Bruins-Flyers in two hours. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "The NHL Penalty Box Is a Small Glass Case Made for Oddities," 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of timekeeper

1686, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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English Language Learners Definition of timekeeper

: a person who controls or records official times during a contest (such as a race or game)

—used in the phrases good timekeeper and bad/poor timekeeper to say that someone is or is not good about arriving at the correct or expected time


time·​keep·​er | \ˈtīm-ˌkē-pər \

Kids Definition of timekeeper

: an official who keeps track of the time in a sports contest

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obstinately defiant of authority

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