In the spring and summer, when it was nice out, she watched birds.
I watched in awe as he virtually caromed off the walls of the classrooms and hallways.
She struggled to concentrate on crossword puzzles and read books, so she just watched television.
Arianna Huffington, who spent a quarter-million bucks to bus people here from New York, beamed as she watched the proceedings.
For those who have watched Murdoch at close quarters, his belligerent attitude came as no surprise.
Adams armed himself with a cowhide, and watched for his victim.
He watched till the last of the bargeload was stowed, then nodded curtly.
They watched it for some time, and then returned to their tent.
Gerda watched for a moment, then strode toward the guard house.
We heard "The Potter thumping his wet clay" and stopped and watched.
Old English wæccan "keep watch, be awake," from Proto-Germanic *wakojan; essentially the same word as Old English wacian "be or remain awake" (see wake (v.)); perhaps a Northumbrian form. Meaning "be vigilant" is from c.1200. That of "to guard (someone or some place), stand guard" is late 14c. Sense of "to observe, keep under observance" is mid-15c. Related: Watched; watching.
Old English wæcce "a watching," from wæccan (see watch (v.)). Sense of "sentinel" is recorded from c.1300; that of "person or group officially patroling a town (especially at night) to keep order, etc." is first recorded 1530s. Meaning "period of time in which a division of a ship's crew remains on deck" is from 1580s. Sense of "period into which a night was divided in ancient times" translates Latin vigilia, Greek phylake, Hebrew ashmoreth.
The Hebrews divided the night into three watches, the Greeks usually into four (sometimes five), the Romans (followed by the Jews in New Testament times) into four. [OED]The meaning "small timepiece" is from 1580s, developing from that of "a clock to wake up sleepers" (mid-15c.).