watchful

[ woch-fuhl ]
/ ˈwɒtʃ fəl /

adjective

vigilant or alert; closely observant: The sentry remained watchful throughout the night.
Archaic. wakeful.

Nearby words

  1. watchcase,
  2. watchdog,
  3. watched pot never boils, a,
  4. watcher,
  5. watcheye,
  6. watchfully,
  7. watchless,
  8. watchlist,
  9. watchmaker,
  10. watchman

Origin of watchful

First recorded in 1540–50; watch + -ful

Related forms

Synonym study

1. See alert.

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British Dictionary definitions for watchfully

watchful

/ (ˈwɒtʃfʊl) /

adjective

vigilant or alert
archaic not sleeping
Derived Formswatchfully, adverbwatchfulness, noun

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Word Origin and History for watchfully

watchful

adj.

c.1500, waccheful, from watch (v.) + -ful. Related: Watchfulness.

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