watchful

[ woch-fuhl ]
/ ˈwɒtʃ fəl /

adjective

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

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 watchfulness

watchful

/ (ˈwɒtʃfʊl) /

adjective

vigilant or alert
archaic not sleeping
Derived Formswatchfully, adverbwatchfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for watchfulness

watchful


adj.

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

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