Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that keeps, especially:
  • n. An attendant, a guard, or a warden.
  • n. One that has the charge or care of something: a lion keeper; the keeper of the budget.
  • n. Sports A goalkeeper.
  • n. Football A play made by the quarterback who keeps the ball after it is snapped and then runs with it.
  • n. Informal One that is worth keeping, especially a fish large enough to be legally caught.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who keeps.
  • n. A person or thing worth keeping.
  • n. A person charged with guarding or caring for, storing, or maintaining something; a custodian, a guard. Short form of gamekeeper (Wikipedia).
  • n. The player charged with guarding a goal or wicket. Short form of goalkeeper, wicketkeeper.
  • n. A part of a mechanism that catches or retains another part, for example the part of a door lock that fits in the frame and receives the bolt.
  • n. An offensive play in which the quarterback runs toward the goal with the ball after it is snapped.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, keeps; one who, or that which, holds or has possession of anything.
  • n. One who retains in custody; one who has the care of a prison and the charge of prisoners.
  • n. One who has the care, custody, or superintendence of anything
  • n. One who remains or keeps in a place or position.
  • n. A ring, strap, clamp, or any device for holding an object in place
  • n. The box on a door jamb into which the bolt of a lock protrudes, when shot.
  • n. A ring serving to keep another ring on the finger.
  • n. A loop near the buckle of a strap to receive the end of the strap.
  • n. A fruit that keeps well.
  • n. An iron bar that is placed on the poles of a horseshoe magnet, and held in place there by the magnetic force, to preserve the strength of the magnet when not in use.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who keeps, observes, or obeys.
  • n. One who has the charge or keeping of anything; a caretaker; a custodian: often forming the second element of a compound: as, the keeper of the seals; a house keeper; a game keeper.
  • n. One who maintains or carries on as proprietor; an owner or independent controller: as, a store keeper; an inn keeper.
  • n. One who stays or abides.
  • n. One who holds or maintains possession.
  • n. That which keeps; something that serves as a guard or protection.
  • n. A key which admits of being readily inserted and removed at pleasure to keep an object in its place.
  • n. A loop on the end of a strap fitted with a bnckle, through which the other end is run after passing through the buckle; a small clasp.
  • n. The box on a door-jamb into which the bolt of a lock protrndes when shot.
  • n. A jamnut.
  • n. A piece of soft iron placed in contact with the poles of a magnet when not in use, which tends, by induction, to maintain and even increase the power of the magnet; an armature.
  • n. In the electromagnet of a dynamo, one of the lateral projections from the polar extremities to bring them just as near to the revolving armature as they can be without actually touching it.
  • n. A reelkeeper.
  • n. The mousing of a hook, which keeps it from being accidentally disengaged
  • n. The gripper of the flint in a flint-lock gun.
  • n.
  • n. In cricket, a wicket-keeper or stumper.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone in charge of other people
  • n. one having charge of buildings or grounds or animals

Etymologies

keep +‎ -er (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • The loops on a watch strap or belt that keep the end of the strap or belt in place once it has been fastened.

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