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  1. a person who watches or who keeps watch.
  2. an analytic observer of trends, fashions, events, celebrities, or the like: Fashion watchers will have noted that pleats have become popular again.
  3. 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.
  4. poll watcher.
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Origin of watcher

First recorded in 1500–10; watch + -er1
Related formsun·der·watch·er, noun
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Related Words for watcher

onlooker, sentinel, keeper, guard, sentry, watchman, spectator, witness

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Contemporary Examples of watcher

Historical Examples of watcher

  • 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.


    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

British Dictionary definitions for watcher


  1. a person who watches
  2. a person who maintains a vigil at the bedside of an invalid
  3. 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.).

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