keeper c.1300 (late 13c. as a surname), "one who has charge of some person or thing, warden," agent noun from KEEP (Cf. keep) (v.). Sense of "one who carries on some business" is from mid-15c. Sporting sense (originally cricket) is from 1744. Meaning “something (or someone) worth keeping” is attested by 1999. Brother's keeper is from Genesis iv:9.

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  • keeper — ► NOUN 1) a person who manages or looks after something or someone. 2) a goalkeeper or wicketkeeper. 3) an object which protects or secures another. 4) a bar of soft iron placed across the poles of a horseshoe magnet to maintain its strength …   English terms dictionary

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