watchful

[woch-fuhl]
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Origin of watchful

First recorded in 1540–50; watch + -ful
Related formswatch·ful·ly, adverbwatch·ful·ness, nounself-watch·ful·ness, nounun·watch·ful, adjectiveun·watch·ful·ly, adverbun·watch·ful·ness, noun

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1. See alert.
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British Dictionary definitions for watchfully

watchful

adjective
  1. vigilant or alert
  2. 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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