Ke’eper. n.s. [from keep.]
- 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.
- One who has prisoners in custody.
The keeper of the prison, call to him. Shakespeare.
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.
- 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.
- One that has the superintendence or care of any thing.
Hilkiah went unto Hildah, keeper of the wardrobe. 2 King.