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[hous-kee-per] /ˈhaʊsˌki pər/

a person, often hired, who does or directs the domestic work and planning necessary for a home, as cleaning or buying food.
an employee of a hotel, hospital, etc., who supervises the cleaning staff.
a person, esp a woman, employed to run a household
bad housekeeper, a person who is not an efficient and thrifty domestic manager
good housekeeper, a person who is an efficient and thrifty domestic manager

mid-15c., “householder,” from house (n.) + agent noun of keep (v.). Sense of “female head domestic servant of a house” is from c.1600.


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