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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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Examples from the web for watcher
  • The bear watcher would sit in a truck, hand poised on the horn to scare off any ursine that came into camp.
  • When the watcher dog performed the same trick and was not rewarded, that dog refused to do the trick again.
  • Clouds, for example, can spoil any sky-watcher's night.
  • Hooking up with an experienced hawk-watcher is often the best advice for fledgling birders who want to learn identify the raptors.
  • Still, if you're an avid or even marginally interested sky-watcher, don't despair.
  • In coastal areas, a watcher from shore can compare the two species' feeding styles.
  • Many years ago he'd been an unsuccessful bird watcher.
  • There are two other meaty sources of continuous stimulus-related blogging that will be useful for the serious government-watcher.
  • Reggie, a professional bird watcher, sets up his special camera to film a street party.
  • But the actual spectacle left the watcher feeling demeaned and humiliated and terribly sad.
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
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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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