[ woch-out ]

  1. the act of looking out for or anticipating something; lookout: Keep a watchout for dishonest behavior.

Origin of watchout

1880–85, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase watch out

Words Nearby watchout Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use watchout in a sentence

  • I kept a cautious and suspicious watchout, worrying in the back of my mind that someone among them might turn up with a jetcopter.

    Highways in Hiding | George Oliver Smith

British Dictionary definitions for watch out

watch out

  1. (intr, adverb) to be careful or on one's guard

  1. a less common word for lookout (def. 1)

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Other Idioms and Phrases with watchout


see look out; watch it.

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