noun, plural watch·men.
Examples from the Web for watchman
Kocurek now works 12-hour shifts as a night watchman guarding the entrance to a drilling patch.Two Texas Regulators Tried to Enforce the Rules. They Were Fired.|David Hasemyer, InsideClimate News|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His usual trick: bribing the night watchman to let him into the bank.
My friends and I went there once or twice a week and waited for the watchman to chase us out.
The Wolf and the Watchman: A Father, a Son, and the CIA by Scott C. Johnson, W.W. Norton & Co.
As a candid psychological exploration of a highly charged filial relationship, The Wolf and the Watchman fascinates.
Then he paid some buksheesh (reward) to the night watchman and came home.Indian Ghost Stories|S. Mukerji
It is quickly challenged by the entry of Antigone with the Watchman, whose story Creon hastens out to hear.Authors of Greece|T. W. Lumb
In these the amorous knight is represented as pleading with the watchman of the castle for admission to his lady-love.Woman's Work in Music|Arthur Elson
And Kryltzoff repeated the watchman's words, "Not at all frightful," and tried to smile, but burst into sobs instead.Resurrection|Leo Tolstoy
It was the "Heynal," the watchman's horn-song from the towers of Panna Marya.Lady Connie|Mrs. Humphry Ward
British Dictionary definitions for watchman
noun plural -men
Word Origin and History for watchman
also watch-man, c.1400, "guard, sentinel, lookout" (late 12c. as a surname), figuratively "guardian, protector" (mid-15c.), from watch (n.) + man (n.). Also "person characterized by wakefulness" (mid-15c.).