Definition of keeper in English:
1A person who manages or looks after something or someone: I would not stop him—I’m his wife, not his keeper
More example sentences
- As the fairways are rapidly improving from the drought, no doubt the green keepers are managing to get the sprinklers working overtime.
- On the granting of a firearms certificate ownership is lost and the user is simply the licensed keeper.
- Apparently customers are a big hassle to shop keepers and waiters in Europe.
1.1A guard at a prison or a museum.
- Prison stories abound, but the keepers of the prisons and the keepers of the information tell very different stories from the prisoners.
- Perhaps, although this is a conjecture, his prison keepers would prefer that he use a readable form.
- Most were not sure what to do, and called for keepers or guards to apprehend her.
1.2 short for zookeeper.
- Right now, the animal keepers from the circus stay at the zoo, attending to all the needs of the chimps.
- The animal has been described as looking like a pipe cleaner by his keepers and joins animals including deer and reindeer.
- According to animal keepers, hippos by nature require their ‘corner of the pool’ in the enclosure.
1.3 short for gamekeeper.
- Now numerous pairs are established safely in the wild mountain country which was the home of their ancestors, and from which they were driven by the persecution of Victorian keepers and trophy hunters.
- In Scottish winters, while the rest of the country yearns for sun, the keepers on grouse moors pray for a deep, deep frost.
- From the late 18th century, successive dukes commissioned images of members of their households, particularly the keepers and huntsmen.
1.4 short for goalkeeper.
- It was the Blackburn keeper's second penalty save of the competition.
- Sixty seconds later, he swerved away from the keeper's clawing gloves to stroke home his 21st goal of an astounding debut campaign.
- The Italian has been one of the best keepers in English football for quite a while now and it would be cruel if he were to spend the majority of this season on the bench.
3A fish large enough to be kept when caught.
- Fishermen have made adjustments lately to keep more keepers and feed fewer to sharks.
- And unlike most fishing for trout under the lights, almost all of the fish were keepers, easily measuring more than the 15-inch minimum.
- Today, the bag limit on red snapper is four fish with a 16-inch minimum - sometimes, you're lucky to catch that many keepers.
- Example sentences
- Charles I was the last monarch to sleep there, Cromwell wintered there, while the Earl of Linlithgow forfeited his titles and hereditary keepership by supporting the ‘Old Pretender’.
- Over the past decade, under the keepership of Julian Treuherz, the Walker has both broadened and focused its collecting policy.
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