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Keeper

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Ke’eper. n.s. [from keep.]

  1. One who holds any thing for the use of another.

    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. Sidney.

  2. One who has prisoners in custody.

    The keeper of the prison, call to him. 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.

  3. One who has the care of parks, or beasts of chase.

    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.
    Shakesp.

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

  4. One that has the superintendence or care of any thing.

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

Sources: The Bible - 2. Kings (12) · Dryden, John (788) · Shakespeare's Merry Wives of Windsor (95) · Sidney, Philip (140) · Shakespeare's Winter's Tale (43)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Keeper." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: February 17, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=3169.


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