What does keeper mean?

Definitions for keeper
ˈki pərkeep·er

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word keeper.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. keepernoun

    someone in charge of other people

    "am I my brother's keeper?"

  2. custodian, keeper, stewardnoun

    one having charge of buildings or grounds or animals


  1. Keepernoun

    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.

  2. Keepernoun

    A fruit that keeps well; as, the Roxbury Russet is a good keeper. Hence: Anything perishable that remains in good condition longer than usual. Downing.


  1. keepernoun

    One who keeps.

    Finders keepers; losers weepers.

  2. keepernoun

    A person or thing worth keeping.

    You can throw out all the blurry photos, but the one with her and her daughter is certainly a keeper.

  3. keepernoun

    A person charged with guarding or caring for, storing, or maintaining something; a custodian, a guard.

  4. keepernoun

    The player charged with guarding a goal or wicket. Short form of goalkeeper, wicketkeeper.

  5. keepernoun

    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.

  6. keepernoun

    An offensive play in which the quarterback runs toward the goal with the ball after it is snapped.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Keepernoun

    Etymology: from keep.

    The good old man having neither reason to dissuade, nor hopes to persuade, received the things with the mind of a keeper, not of an owner. Philip Sidney.

    The keeper of the prison, call to him. William Shakespeare.

    Io now
    With horns exalted stands, and seems to lowe:
    A noble charge; her keeper by her side
    To watch her walks his hundred eyes apply’d. Dryden.

    A pleasant beverage he prepar’d before,
    Of wine and water mix’d, with added store
    Of opium; to his keeper this he brought,
    Who swallowed unaware the sleepy draught. Dryden.

    There is an old tale goes, that Herne the hunter,
    Sometime a keeper here in Windsor forest,
    Doth all the Winter-time, at still of midnight,
    Walk round about an oak with ragged horns. William Shakespeare.

    The first fat buck of all the season’s sent,
    And keeper takes no fee in compliment. Dryden.

    Hilkiah went unto Hildah, keeper of the wardrobe. 2 King.


  1. keeper

    A keeper is a person or thing that manages, guards, maintains, or controls something or someone. They ensure safety, operate properly, or track the progress or condition of what they are keeping. In certain contexts, it could also refer to someone or something worth keeping or retaining due to its value, quality or reliability.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Keepernoun

    one who, or that which, keeps; one who, or that which, holds or has possession of anything

  2. Keepernoun

    one who retains in custody; one who has the care of a prison and the charge of prisoners

  3. Keepernoun

    one who has the care, custody, or superintendence of anything; as, the keeper of a park, a pound, of sheep, of a gate, etc. ; the keeper of attached property; hence, one who saves from harm; a defender; a preserver

  4. Keepernoun

    one who remains or keeps in a place or position

  5. Keepernoun

    a ring, strap, clamp, or any device for holding an object in place; as: (a) The box on a door jamb into which the bolt of a lock protrudes, when shot. (b) A ring serving to keep another ring on the finger. (c) A loop near the buckle of a strap to receive the end of the strap

  6. Keepernoun

    a fruit that keeps well; as, the Roxbury Russet is a good keeper


  1. Keeper

    Keeper is a sports novel for young adults by Mal Peet, published by Walker Books in 2003. It was Peet's first novel and the first of three football stories featuring South American sports journalist Paul Faustino. Cast as an interview with Faustino, the world's best goalkeeper, El Gato, tells his life story. Peet won the Branford Boase Award, recognising the year's best debut novel for children. Walker's North American division Candlewick Press published the first U.S. edition in 2005. Danish and Hungarian-language translations were also published that year and followed by German, Italian, and Spanish-language editions.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Keeper

    A bar of soft iron used to connect the opposite poles of a horseshoe magnet or the opposite poles of two bar magnets placed side by side. It is designed to prevent loss of magnetism. The armature of a horseshoe magnet is generally used as its keeper. For bar magnets a keeper is used for each end, the magnets being laid side by side, with their poles in opposite direction but not touching, and a keeper laid across at each end connecting the opposite poles.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Keeper is ranked #79598 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Keeper surname appeared 239 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Keeper.

    75.7% or 181 total occurrences were White.
    18.8% or 45 total occurrences were Black.
    2% or 5 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'keeper' in Nouns Frequency: #2169

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of keeper in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of keeper in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of keeper in a Sentence

  1. I. F. Stone:

    Those who set out nobly to be their brother's keeper sometimes end up by becoming his jailer. Every emancipation has in it the seeds of a new slavery, and every truth easily becomes a lie.

  2. Cedric Burgher:

    We like the Gulf of Mexico (properties) we think it's a keeper; great free cash flow, great assets.

  3. Scott C. Holstad:

    I am my own power, my own home with blackened roses gaping at softened slashed easy chairs, furled requiems of silence, yet strength too -- of poetry, of the books, of the gods. I am my Own and I intend to be the keeper of My truth, the slayer of My dragons, the Exorcist of My demons.

  4. Angela Halim:

    The breach of the Capitol was a surprise to every single Oath Keeper that day.

  5. Cassidy Hutchinson:

    I recall hearing the word' Oath Keeper' and hearing the word' Proud Boys' closer to the planning of the January 6 rally, when( Trump lawyer Rudy) Giuliani would be around.

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