Definition of keep house in English:

keep house


  • Do the cooking, cleaning, and other tasks involved in the running of a household.

    ‘a young girl named Roxie came over to keep house for him’
    • ‘The beneficiary of all this motorized magic was nearly every American who cleans or keeps house.’
    • ‘I have been instructing her in all the basic cooking and keeping house ways.’
    • ‘His kinswoman, the daughter of his half-sister, kept house for a painter who preferred his familiar environment, his familiar accessories and his familiar models, and used them again and again.’
    • ‘So the one who had attended private school kept house while the one who could barely read ruled it.’
    • ‘My mother kept house economically and cooked all the meals herself.’
    • ‘All he said was that he was brought up to believe that the man went to work and the woman kept house.’
    • ‘She keeps house for all of them and bears their children too.’
    • ‘She cooks, keeps house, dispenses food and kindness and runs the Lodge single-handed.’
    • ‘Well, our kids were grown and I was really tired of keeping house.’