• Brush-keeper
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n keeper one having charge of buildings or grounds or animals
    • n keeper someone in charge of other people "am I my brother's keeper?"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A sailor helps his keeper give Saï his medicine A sailor helps his keeper give Saï his medicine

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Lighthouse keepers were nicknamed "wickies" because they tended the lamps wick
    • Keeper A fruit that keeps well; as, the Roxbury Russet is a good keeper .
    • Keeper A loop near the buckle of a strap to receive the end of the strap.
    • Keeper A ring serving to keep another ring on the finger.
    • Keeper A ring, strap, clamp, or any device for holding an object in place;
    • Keeper 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.
    • Keeper 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; "The Lord is thy keeper ."
    • Keeper One who remains or keeps in a place or position. "Discreet; chaste; keepers at home."
    • Keeper One who retains in custody; one who has the care of a prison and the charge of prisoners.
    • Keeper One who, or that which, keeps; one who, or that which, holds or has possession of anything.
    • Keeper The box on a door jamb into which the bolt of a lock protrudes, when shot.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The loop on a belt that holds the loose end is called a "keeper".
    • n keeper One who keeps, observes, or obeys.
    • n keeper 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 keeper One who maintains or carries on as proprietor; an owner or independent controller: as, a store keeper; an inn keeper.
    • n keeper One who stays or abides.
    • n keeper One who holds or maintains possession.
    • n keeper That which keeps; something that serves as a guard or protection. Specifically— A ring which keeps another on the finger. See guard-ring.
    • n keeper A key which admits of being readily inserted and removed at pleasure to keep an object in its place.
    • n keeper 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 keeper The box on a door-jamb into which the bolt of a lock protrndes when shot.
    • n keeper A jamnut.
    • n keeper 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 keeper 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 keeper A reelkeeper.
    • n keeper The mousing of a hook, which keeps it from being accidentally disengaged
    • n keeper The gripper of the flint in a flint-lock gun.
    • n keeper In cricket, a wicket-keeper or stumper.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Keeper an attendant, manager, owner: a gamekeeper: socket, guard-ring
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  • Eric Hoffer
    “There is always a chance that he who sets himself up as his brother's keeper will end up by being his jail-keeper.”
  • Archbishop Derek Worlock
    Archbishop Derek Worlock
    “I am my brother's keeper, and he's sleeping pretty rough these days.”
  • Arabian Proverb
    Arabian Proverb
    “The words of tongue should have three gate keepers.”


Finders keepers, losers weepers - Whoever finds something can keep it. This is often shortened to 'finders keepers'.
Not my brother's keeper - If you say that you are not your brother's keeper, it means that you are not responsible for someone or what happens to them as a consequence of their actions.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. cépan, orig. to traffic, hence to store up, keep—ceáp, price.


In literature:

The keeper put her up, and then found that she had been wounded, having had her hind leg broken.
"Anecdotes of Dogs" by Edward Jesse
Other keepers ran up, fell upon me, and slipped manacles of iron upon my wrists.
"The Brass Bell" by Eugène Sue
He summoned the hotel-keeper before him, and closing the door, asked his friends to sit down.
"The Dodge Club" by James De Mille
The new Keeper of the Seals is in his department.
"Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe" by Eugène Brieux
Mukna's keeper had deprived him of these delicacies for his bad temper, just as a naughty boy's father may deprive the boy of ice-cream.
"The Wonders of the Jungle, Book Two" by Prince Sarath Ghosh
Keeper of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
Ere long the book-keeper came at his invitation to pay him a visit every day.
"Sentimental Education, Volume II" by Gustave Flaubert
Such a thing might easily have happened, and the keeper of the keys came immediately to see if the news were true.
"The True Story Book"
Mayhap the good keeper will permit us to see each other occasionally.
"In Doublet and Hose" by Lucy Foster Madison
That Miss Burney was an eminently skilful keeper of the robes is not very probable.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay

In poetry:

Love, love on; love higher, deeper;
Let love's ocean close above her;
Only, love thou more love's keeper,
More, the love-creating lover.
"Much and More" by George MacDonald
Within the soul are throned two powers,
One, Love; one, Hate. Begot of these,
And veiled between, a presence towers,
The shadowy keeper of the keys.
"Conscience" by Madison Julius Cawein
"And have they taen him, Kinmont Willie,
Against the truce of Border tide?
And forgotten that the bauld Bacleuch
Is keeper here on the Scottish side?
"Kinmont Willie" by Andrew Lang
Now word is gane to the bauld Keeper,
In Branksome Ha where that he lay,
That Lord Scroope has taen the Kinmont Willie,
Between the hours of night and day.
"Kinmont Willie" by Andrew Lang
I ask no aid from any earthly thing,
From any prince, proud potentate, or king,
I ask no aid, but from th' Almighty's throne,
Who is my Keeper and my God, alone.
"A Prayer, Against The Oppression Of One's Foe. " by Rees Prichard
The keeper, nought heeding her love or her haste,
Crept slow; and unlocking the door,
The dank vapours burst out which before were encas'd,
And swam in a mist on the floor.
"Edmund And Anna" by Charlotte Dacre

In news:

Sidney Baldwin Cameron Diaz and Sofia Vassilieva star in the new drama "My Sister's Keeper".
"My Sister's Keeper" movie review.
JFK's speechwriter , confidant, counselor and a keeper of the Kennedy flame.
Keepers of Bush image lift stagecraft to new heights.
Nick Thierry, 73, FINA Record Keeper and Statistician .
TORONTO, Canada, October 2 NICK Thierry, who served as the official records keeper and statistician for swimming's international governing body, passed away today at the age of 73.
Lynx's fatal stay up a tree baffles her keepers.
Wild's high-energy Stephane Veilleux hopes he's a keeper.
After a few traps, he told Fred Gary, who was driving Dooley's boat Grey Ghost III in 26 feet of water off Sanibel, that everyone had at least two crabs with keeper claws.
The keeper of the Old Village Store, and his successors, have been invited to share stories at the April 24 meeting of the West Barnstable Historical Society.
Birmingham Zoo Vasa the Vasa Parrot is back in the hands of zoo keepers.
Birmingham Zoo keepers retrieve wayward parrot.
'My Sister's Keeper': A sentimental tearjerker .
But what makes it a keeper is the old OX (Oxford, we presume) telephone exchange in the number.
The Time Keeper,' by Mitch Albom, is a waste of time itself.

In science:

Once upon a time, there was a monkey keeper who fed monkeys with acorns.
Energy Conversion of Fully Random Thermal Relaxation Times
In each module of a NRPS one (or two) of the leading domains serve as “gate-keeper” and specifies the identity of the monomer to be selected.
Template-directed biopolymerization: tape-copying Turing machines