Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A female keeper, custodian, or warden.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • Hardly ever, I dare say, was there a keeper that did not make keeperess; who lavished away on her kept-fellow what she obtained from the extravagant folly of him who kept her.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • The old woman accordingly fetched the purse-keeperess, whom the Princess bade give the Gardener two thousand dinars; whereupon the nurse sent to him, bidding him to the presence of the King's daughter.

    Arabian nights. English

  • The old woman accordingly fetched the purse-keeperess, whom the Princess bade give the Gardener two thousand dinars; whereupon the nurse sent to him, bidding him to the presence of the King’s daughter.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • I told her what thou didst in the matter of repairing the ruined pavilion, and she rejoiceth in this and bestoweth on thee two thousand dinars in requital of thy pains; so take them from the purse-keeperess and kiss the earth before the King’s daughter and bless her and wend thy way.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • I told her what thou didst in the matter of repairing the ruined pavilion, and she rejoiceth in this and bestoweth on thee two thousand dinars in requital of thy pains; so take them from the purse-keeperess and kiss the earth before the King's daughter and bless her and wend thy way. "

    Arabian nights. English

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  • Definition (b) in the OED says, "A woman who keeps a man."

    September 21, 2010