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

Related Words for watcher

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

Examples from the Web for watcher

Contemporary Examples of watcher

  • Being a novice Syrian War watcher, I assumed the regime had returned in force.

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    Watching ISIS Come to Power Again

    Elliot Ackerman

    September 7, 2014

  • To many a Mideast watcher, then, the supposed policy shift could be dismissed as Bandar rantings.

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    Saudi Fears and Mysteries

    Leslie H. Gelb

    October 24, 2013

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



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