- vigilant or alert; closely observant: The sentry remained watchful throughout the night.
- Archaic. wakeful.
Origin of watchful
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1. See alert.
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Examples from the Web for watchfully
They had rounded a bend and Grey was watchfully 21 gazing ahead.The Hound From The North
Mihul stood by watchfully while Trigger emptied the tumbler.Legacy
James H Schmitz
He stopped playing, and, hugging his violin closely, regarded her watchfully.Phil the Fiddler
Horatio Alger, Jr.
His mind resumed its composure, and he watchfully waited the return of the slave.The Weavers, Complete
She studied it watchfully, and kept note of all its variations.
- vigilant or alert
- archaic not sleeping
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Word Origin and History for watchfully
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