House"keep`er (?), n.

1.

One who occupies a house with his family; a householder; the master or mistress of a family.

Locke.

2.

One who does, or oversees, the work of keeping house; as, his wife is a good housekeeper; often, a woman hired to superintend the servants of a household and manage the ordinary domestic affairs.

3.

One who exercises hospitality, or has plentiful and hospitable household.

[Obs.]

Sir H. Wotton.

4.

One who keeps or stays much at home.

[R.]

You are manifest housekeeper. Shak.

5.

A house dog.

[Obs.]

Shak.

 

© Webster 1913.

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