- a person who watches or who keeps watch.
- an analytic observer of trends, fashions, events, celebrities, or the like: Fashion watchers will have noted that pleats have become popular again.
- a professional or experienced observer and analyst of political and historic trends and events, countries, or the like: China watchers in the State Department predict a change in that country's trade policy.
- poll watcher.
Origin of watcher
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Examples from the Web for watcher
But the men were talking, and the watcher strained to catch their words.The Law-Breakers
It is a watcher more than a doer, and it is a doer, only that it may the better watch.Nature
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The watcher grunted again as he saw that this man was also masked.The Coyote
Often on starry nights he would be a watcher of the heavens.War Letters of a Public-School Boy
He was alone now, surely, save for that watcher in the bushes.Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer
Cyrus Townsend Brady
- a person who watches
- a person who maintains a vigil at the bedside of an invalid
- US a representative of a candidate or party stationed at a poll on election day to watch out for fraud
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Word Origin and History for watcher
late 14c. (early 13c. as a surname), agent noun from watch (v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper