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housekeeper

Line breaks: house|keep¦er
Pronunciation: /ˈhaʊskiːpə
 
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Definition of housekeeper in English:

noun

A person, typically a woman, employed to manage a household.
Example sentences
  • In a scheme being piloted for the first time outside London, affluent city workers can employ Filipino housekeepers, who combine nannying skills with domestic service.
  • He is a bachelor so he might want to employ a housekeeper and a gardener, but that's up to him.
  • In this Golden Age, the heroes were neither cops nor outlaws, doctors nor housekeepers, ranch-owners nor lawyers, spies nor mafia hoods.

Derivatives

housekeep

1
verb ( dated )
Example sentences
  • There's an old lady down here, she's about 80, and she housekeeps for her brother and her mother died 50 years ago but she's still wearing her clothes.
  • Jyller just looked at her sternly before answering ‘No, you are too inexperienced to housekeep the General's private rooms, but you will get a chance to serve him in little tasks.’
  • The rain ran in rivers progressively colder as the days went on, sometimes falling as a drizzling shower, other times pouring like the housekeep emptying each day's cleaning bucket of dark water.

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