American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One who is in charge of a lock on a waterway. Also called lockmaster.
- n. The person assigned to look after a canal or river lock, operating it and organizing its maintenance.
- n. a worker in charge of a lock (on a canal)
- lock + keeper (Wiktionary)
“My mother's life began on a canal boat and when she got older, my grandfather became a lockkeeper in Lander, Maryland so my mother could go to school," says Maria Elana Brust, Lavenia's daughter.”
“A wee boy, he went missing last night, the lockkeeper found him first light.”
“They say the lockkeeper cut her throat, then drowned the seventh baby in the canal.”
“The lockkeeper was at home, he had the necessary equipment and expertise.”
“The lockkeeper took the card with his free hand and studied it suspiciously, then scrutinized Kincaid and Gemma as if hoping they might be impostors.”
“They had a call at seven-oh-five this morning from a Perry Smith, lockkeeper at Hambleden Lock.”
“Daybreak this morning the Hambleden lockkeeper, one Perry Smith, opens the sluicegate to fill the lock for an early traveler, and a body rushes through it into the lock.”
“Another was lockkeeper of a disused lock, but he had, nonetheless, the distinction of wearing a uniform cap.”
“Be sure and tell me all about your impressions…what do you think of Tilton the Bridgetender or Mitchell the lockkeeper or Mrs. Reilly that keeps the Irish tavern across the canal?”
“After a few minutes of this, Dambois the lockkeeper, known to everyone as Charles, came down to the quay to watch.”
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