keeper

A keeper is someone who is responsible for something, especially a property or a lot of animals. A keeper might take care of a big summer house during the winter months.

You can use keeper to mean "caretaker," someone whose job involves maintaining a house, farm, estate, or grounds. The keeper of a golf course might, for example, keep the greens tidy and groomed. It's also shorthand for zookeeper, or a person who cares for the animals in a zoo. Since about 1300, keeper has meant "one who has charge of some person or thing." It comes from keep and its Old English root cepan, "seize or hold."

Definitions of keeper
  1. noun
    one having charge of buildings or grounds or animals
    synonyms: custodian, steward
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    caretaker
    a custodian who is hired to take care of something (property or a person)
    conservator, curator
    the custodian of a collection (as a museum or library)
    game warden, gamekeeper
    a person employed to take care of game and wildlife
    greenskeeper
    someone responsible for the maintenance of a golf course
    house sitter
    a custodian who lives in and cares for a house while the regular occupant is away (usually without an exchange of money)
    janitor
    someone employed to clean and maintain a building
    lighthouse keeper
    the keeper of a lighthouse
    critter sitter, pet sitter
    someone left in charge of pets while their owners are away from home
    zoo keeper
    the chief person responsible for a zoological garden
    concierge
    a French caretaker of apartments or a hotel; lives on the premises and oversees people entering and leaving and handles mail and acts as janitor or porter
    sacristan, sexton
    an officer of the church who is in charge of sacred objects
    super, superintendent
    a caretaker for an apartment house; represents the owner as janitor and rent collector
    verger
    a church officer who takes care of the interior of the building and acts as an attendant (carries the verge) during ceremonies
    warrener
    maintains a rabbit warren
    type of:
    defender, guardian, protector, shielder
    a person who cares for persons or property
  2. noun
    someone in charge of other people
    “am I my brother's keeper?”
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    baby farmer
    someone who runs an establishment that houses and cares for babies for a fee
    baby minder, babyminder, minder
    a person who looks after babies (usually in the person's own home) while the babys' parents are working
    baby-sitter, babysitter, sitter
    a person engaged to care for children when the parents are not home
    gaoler, jailer, jailor, prison guard, screw, turnkey
    someone who guards prisoners
    nanny, nurse, nursemaid
    a person who is the custodian of children
    dry nurse
    a nurse who cares for but does not suckle an infant
    amah, wet nurse, wet-nurse, wetnurse
    a woman hired to suckle a child of someone else
    type of:
    defender, guardian, protector, shielder
    a person who cares for persons or property
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