Tender vs Keeper - What's the difference?

tender | keeper |

As nouns the difference between tender and keeper

is that tender is (label) (l) (fuel-carrying railroad car) while keeper is one who keeps something.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) tendre, from (etyl) .


  • Sensitive or painful to the touch.
  • * 1597 , , All's Well that Ends Well , 3,2:
  • * 2006 , Mike Myers (as the voice of the title character), Shrek (movie)
  • Be careful: that area is tender .
  • Easily bruised or injured; not firm or hard; delicate.
  • Physically weak; not able to endure hardship.
  • * Bible, Deuteronomy xxviii. 56
  • the tender and delicate woman among you
  • (of food) Soft and easily chewed.
  • * 2001 , Joey Pantolino (character), The Matrix (movie)
  • The Matrix is telling my brain this steak is tender , succulent, and juicy.
  • Sensible to impression and pain; easily pained.
  • * L'Estrange
  • Our bodies are not naturally more tender than our faces.
  • Fond, loving, gentle, sweet.
  • * Bible, James v. 11
  • The Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.
  • * Shakespeare
  • You, that are thus so tender o'er his follies, / Will never do him good.
  • * Fuller
  • I am choleric by my nature, and tender by my temper.
  • Adapted to excite feeling or sympathy; expressive of the softer passions; pathetic.
  • Apt to give pain; causing grief or pain; delicate.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • Things that are tender and unpleasing.
  • (nautical) Heeling over too easily when under sail; said of a vessel.
  • (obsolete) Exciting kind concern; dear; precious.
  • * Shakespeare
  • I love Valentine, / Whose life's as tender to me as my soul!
  • (obsolete) Careful to keep inviolate, or not to injure; used with of .
  • * Burke
  • tender of property
  • * Tillotson
  • The civil authority should be tender of the honour of God and religion.
    * See also
    Derived terms
    * chicken tender * frost-tender * tenderise, tenderize * tenderly * tenderness * tender loving care, TLC * tenderfoot


    (en verb)
  • To make tender or delicate; to weaken.
  • *, vol.I, New York, 2001, p.233:
  • To such as are wealthy, live plenteously, at ease, […] these viands are to be forborne, if they be inclined to, or suspect melancholy, as they tender their healths […].
  • * Putnam Fadeless Dyes [flyer packaged with granulated dye]:
  • Putnam Fadeless Dyes will not injure any material. Boiling water does tender some materials. […] Also, silk fibers are very tender when wet and care should be take not to boil them too vigorously.
  • to feel tenderly towards; to regard fondly.
  • * 1597 , (William Shakespeare), (Romeo and Juliet) , 3,1 (First Folio edition):
  • And ?o good Capulet , which name I tender
    As dearely as my owne, be ?atisfied.


  • (obsolete) regard; care; kind concern
  • *
  • Thou makest some tender of my life / In this fair rescue thou hast brought to me.
  • The inner flight muscle (pectoralis minor) of poultry.
  • Etymology 2

    From .


    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) Someone who tends or waits on someone.
  • (rail transport) A railroad car towed behind a steam engine to carry fuel and water.
  • (nautical) A naval ship that functions as a mobile base for other ships.
  • (nautical) A smaller boat used for transportation between a large ship and the shore.
  • Synonyms
    * (smaller boat) dinghy

    Etymology 3

    From (etyl) .


    (en verb)
  • (formal) To offer, to give.
  • * Shakespeare
  • You see how all conditions, how all minds, tender down / Their services to Lord Timon.
  • * 1864 November 21, Abraham Lincoln (signed) or John Hay, letter to Mrs. Bixby in Boston
  • I cannot refrain from tendering to you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save.
  • to offer a payment, as at sales or auctions.
  • Synonyms
    * offer
    Derived terms
    * tenderable * to tender something out


    (en noun)
  • A means of payment such as a check or cheque, cash or credit card.
  • (legal) A formal offer to buy or sell something.
  • Any offer or proposal made for acceptance.
  • * 1599 ,
  • [...] if she should make tender of her love, 'tis very possible he'll scorn it; for the man,—as you know all,—hath a contemptible spirit.
    See also
    * legal tender * to put out to tender * to put out for tender


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    (en noun)
  • One who keeps something.
  • Finders keepers ; losers weepers.
  • (slang) A person or thing worth keeping.
  • You can throw out all the blurry photos, but the one with her and her daughter is certainly a keeper .
  • * 2005 , , Volume 122, Issues 7-12, page 101,
  • When he brought me home and volunteered to come with me while I walked my dog, Max, I knew he was a keeper .
  • * 2008 , Jennifer Zomar, A Candle for the Children , page 28,
  • We hadn't dated for long when he said those three magic words: "I'll cook tonight." I knew he was a keeper .
  • * 2008 , Sherri Erwin, Naughty Or Nice , page 247,
  • "Fine," I agreed. “But, Josh, my sister and I can handle it. You sit, watch football with the guys.”
    “I would rather stick close to you. Besides, I love cleaning up.”
    “I knew he was a keeper ,” Gran said.
  • A person charged with guarding or caring for, storing, or maintaining something; a custodian, a guard; sometimes a gamekeeper.
  • * Bible
  • And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper ?
  • * {{quote-book, year=1907, author=
  • , title=The Dust of Conflict , chapter=4 citation , passage=The inquest on keeper Davidson was duly held, and at the commencement seemed likely to cause Tony Palliser less anxiety than he had expected.}}
  • (sports) The player charged with guarding a goal or wicket. Short form of goalkeeper, wicketkeeper.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=June 4 , author=Phil McNulty , title=England 2 - 2 Switzerland , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=England should have capitalised on their growing momentum to win, but Darren Bent failed to reproduce the finishing touches that have brought him goals in three successive appearances. He was blocked by Diego Benaglio when he was played in by Wilshere then blazed over the top of an open goal late on after Young's shot was saved by Switzerland's keeper .}}
  • A part of a mechanism that catches or retains another part, for example the part of a door lock that fits in the frame and receives the bolt.
  • (American football) An offensive play in which the quarterback runs toward the goal with the ball after it is snapped.
  • One who remains or keeps in a place or position.
  • * Bible, Titus ii. 5
  • discreet; chaste; keepers at home
  • * 1971 , H. R. F. Keating, The Strong Man
  • I was not altogether surprised: they seemed to be, even more than people in the surrounding wolds, stolid keepers -to-themselves, impossible to stir, dourly determined to stick to the firm routine of their lives
  • A fruit that keeps well.
  • * Downing
  • The Roxbury Russet is a good keeper .

    Derived terms

    * account-keeper * beekeeper * bookkeeper * bridgekeeper * brothel keeper * deer-keeper * doorkeeper * dungeon-keeper * forestkeeper * gamekeeper * gaolkeeper * gatekeeper * goalkeeper * greenskeeper * groundkeeper * groundskeeper * harem-keeper * hotelkeeper * housekeeper * innkeeper * jailkeeper * keykeeper * lighthouse keeper * lock-keeper * menagerie keeper * park keeper * ring-keeper * salad keeper * scorekeeper * seal keeper * shopkeeper * storekeeper * tally-keeper * timekeeper * watchkeeper * wicketkeeper * zookeeper