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[woch-er] /ˈwɒtʃ ər/
a person who watches or who keeps watch.
an analytic observer of trends, fashions, events, celebrities, or the like:
Fashion watchers will have noted that pleats have become popular again.
a professional or experienced observer and analyst of political and historic trends and events, countries, or the like:
China watchers in the State Department predict a change in that country's trade policy.
Origin of watcher
1500-10; watch + -er1
Related forms
underwatcher, noun Unabridged
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  • How Meg climbed them alone and unaided was indeed a mystery to the watcher below.

    Meg of Mystery Mountain Grace May North
  • The watcher grunted again as he saw that this man was also masked.

    The Coyote James Roberts
  • Often and often when he was lying asleep as Robert thought, he was watching the face of his watcher.

    Robert Falconer George MacDonald
  • He was alone now, surely, save for that watcher in the bushes.

    Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • Do you, when the time comes, take these men and join the watcher at the top of the ravine road.

  • How the sea, which lay like a watcher at their doors, murmured in its sleep!

  • The watcher quickly raised his head, and Clarence knew that his only chance was now to suppress him.

  • The suggestion was no more than a suggestion in the mind of the watcher of all these bygone scenes.

    Despair's Last Journey David Christie Murray
British Dictionary definitions for watcher


a person who watches
a person who maintains a vigil at the bedside of an invalid
(US) a representative of a candidate or party stationed at a poll on election day to watch out for fraud
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for watcher

late 14c. (early 13c. as a surname), agent noun from watch (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for watcher



  1. Penniless; broke (1950s+ Cool talk)
  2. Intoxicated by narcotics or alcohol; strung out: Everybody was getting kind of high on acid, wasted, in fact (1950s+ Narcotics & cool talk)
  3. Exhausted; pooped (mid-1950s+)
  4. recked; ruined; destroyed: Like, I'm wasted. I can't lose no more (late 1950s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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