Definition of timekeeper in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtīmˌkēpər/


1A person who measures or records the amount of time taken, especially in a sports competition.
Example sentences
  • Bernie Ecclestone appointed us as the sport's official timekeepers.
  • Brian Thornton was one of the principal organisers of the Galway Rally and served as an official timekeeper at many motor sport events throughout Ireland.
  • After the first run over the measured kilometre, the timekeeper shouted, ‘Plus 47!’
2 [usually with adjective] A person regarded as being punctual or not punctual: we were good timekeepers
More example sentences
  • I am a notoriously bad timekeeper, yet, through sheer paranoia, I have turned up at my daughter's school half-an-hour early.
2.1A watch or clock regarded as recording time accurately or inaccurately: these watches are accurate timekeepers
More example sentences
  • Harrison was born in the nearby village of Foulby and, after learning his trade in Yorkshire, became famous for inventing the first timekeeper accurate enough to determine longitude at sea.
  • His early timekeepers were controlled by pendulums but, in anything but a flat calm, their going was most erratic.
  • While the process of perfecting Harrison's marine timekeeper went on in England, instrument makers in France were busy developing similar instruments.
2.2 archaic A clock.



Pronunciation: /ˈtīmˌkēpiNG/
Example sentences
  • And children playing mini-basketball are encouraged to try their hand at refereeing, scoring and timekeeping when they are not playing.
  • His enormous improvement in timekeeping had very wide-ranging benefits.
  • How does the story you tell in this book fit with larger narratives in the history of clocks and timekeeping?

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Syllabification: time·keep·er

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