[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. watchable,
  2. watchband,
  3. watchcase,
  4. watchdog,
  5. watched pot never boils, a,
  6. watcheye,
  7. watchful,
  8. watchfully,
  9. watchless,
  10. watchlist

Origin of watcher

First recorded in 1500–10; watch + -er1

Related formsun·der·watch·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for watcher


/ (ˈwɒtʃə) /


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for watcher



late 14c. (early 13c. as a surname), agent noun from watch (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper