[ woch-out ]

  1. the act of looking out for or anticipating something; lookout: Keep a watchout for dishonest behavior.

Origin of watchout

1880–85, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase watch out Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use watchout in a sentence

  • But I figgered he was paid to watch out for sich things, and I didn't want to interfere none.

    Scattergood Baines | Clarence Budington Kelland
  • The count took a very elegant watch out of his pocket and looked at the time.

    Camille (La Dame aux Camilias) | Alexandre Dumas, fils
  • He was masculine, and had not the quick instinct to stand by the window and watch out, to ease impatience.

    The Butterfly House | Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • So now you hear me, an I warn you proper, stand clear o me, or watch out for squalls!

    Cursed | George Allan England
  • And I makes up my mind I will watch out fur that feeling of being drawed wherever I goes after this.

    Danny's Own Story | Don Marquis

British Dictionary definitions for watch out

watch out

  1. (intr, adverb) to be careful or on one's guard

  1. a less common word for lookout (def. 1)

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Other Idioms and Phrases with watchout


see look out; watch it.

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