It's not a gerund since "bookkeep" isn't a verb, is it?

Is "bookkeep" a verb?

Please, can someone help me understand the properties of this word? Is it, for example, a compound noun?

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    Hm... "keep" is a verb, and "keeping" is a gerund... and "bookkeeping" means "keeping book[s]"... Is there a word for constructions in which the verb and object are combined as a gerund but not commonly as a verb? "Goaltending..." "haircutting" (never mind that "haircut" is a noun of its own...) Commented Jun 23, 2021 at 19:18
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    It's certainly a compound noun, formed from "bookkeeping" (compound nouns are normally formed with a noun as the final component). This article discusses how "gerunds can form compound nouns". But no particular name for them.
    – Stuart F
    Commented Jun 23, 2021 at 21:01
  • I muck prefer book-keeping. Those double Ks look ugly. Commented Jun 23, 2021 at 21:41
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    The double k's are beautiful. Name me one other word that has three consecutive double letters.
    – Pete
    Commented Jun 23, 2021 at 22:43
  • Sutar's example looked to me like go-alt-ending
    – GEdgar
    Commented Jun 24, 2021 at 0:21

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As far as I know, "bookkeep" is not a word. But "bookkeeping" and "bookkeeper" are. Here is some more info that might help: bookkeeper etymology


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