watch·​er | \ ˈwä-chər How to pronounce watcher (audio) , ˈwȯ- \

Definition of watcher

: one that watches: such as
a : one that sits up or continues awake at night
b : watchman
c(1) : one that keeps watch beside a dead person
(2) : one that attends a sick person at night
d : a person who closely follows or observes someone or something a Supreme Court watcher often used in combination celebrity-watchers
e : a representative of a party or candidate who is stationed at the polls on an election day to watch the conduct of officials and voters

Examples of watcher in a Sentence

the inexperienced babysitter turned out to be a well-meaning but hopelessly incompetent watcher of young children a safari that affords wildlife watchers plenty of opportunities to see Africa's grandest creatures in their natural habitat
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First Known Use of watcher

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Watcher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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