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[woch-er] /ˈwɒtʃ ər/
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.
Origin of watcher
First recorded in 1500-10; watch + -er1
Related forms
underwatcher, noun Unabridged
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  • But the men were talking, and the watcher strained to catch their words.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • 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 James Roberts
  • Often on starry nights he would be a watcher of the heavens.

  • He was alone now, surely, save for that watcher in the bushes.

    Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • How the sea, which lay like a watcher at their doors, murmured in its sleep!

  • The suggestion was no more than a suggestion in the mind of the watcher of all these bygone scenes.

    Despair's Last Journey David Christie Murray
  • It ought to be burned along with him, said a watcher, that he and the devils might be together.

British Dictionary definitions for watcher


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
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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