- a person or thing that keeps; specif.,
- a guard, as of prisoners or animals
- a guardian or protector
- Chiefly Brit. a curator
- a custodian; caretaker
- Brit. a gamekeeper
- any of several devices for keeping something in place, as a clasp
- something that keeps or lasts (well or poorly)
- Informal something worth keeping, as a fish large enough for a fisherman to keep legally
- Football a play in which the quarterback takes the ball from the center and runs with it
- One that keeps, especially:a. An attendant, a guard, or a warden.b. One that has the charge or care of something: a lion keeper; the keeper of the budget.c. A stationary fitting that catches or holds a moving part such as a latch or bolt.d. Sports A goalkeeper.
- Football A play made by the quarterback who keeps the ball after it is snapped and then runs with it.
- Informal One that is worth keeping, especially a fish large enough to be legally caught and not returned to the water.
- One who keeps something.
- Finders keepers; losers weepers.
- (slang) 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.
- A person charged with guarding or caring for, storing, or maintaining something; a custodian, a guard; sometimes a gamekeeper.
- (sports) The player charged with guarding a goal or wicket. Short form of goalkeeper, wicketkeeper.
- 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.
- (American football) An offensive play in which the quarterback runs toward the goal with the ball after it is snapped.
- One who remains or keeps in a place or position.
- A fruit that keeps well.
- The Roxbury Russet is a good keeper.
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