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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Yet the truth, for a professional Boris-watcher such as myself, is maddeningly elusive. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 7 June 2021 Merrilee Peterson, a poll watcher for a local Republican candidate, worked at a different site, the NRG Arena, and reported no tensions of note., 1 May 2021 On Tuesday, whale watcher Phil Kreis took his drone to Point Dume in Malibu to see the sights. Los Angeles Times, 23 Apr. 2021 Leslie Jones, comedian and our favorite binge-watcher of all things from the Snyder Cut to Game of Thrones, has been picked to host this year's MTV Movie & TV Awards. Nick Romano,, 28 Apr. 2021 One surefire way is to ask a friend or family member who's a bird-watcher to point out migrants for you on a bird hike. Val Cunningham Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 13 Apr. 2021 There's also a bill in the House, HB6, that provides protections for partisan poll watchers by limiting the reasons a watcher can be removed from a polling site. Adam Brewster, CBS News, 2 Apr. 2021 Young Archer was an avid watcher of PBS’s Reading Rainbow, and often visited the Southfield Public Library for story time readings. Kyla L. Wright,, 31 Mar. 2021 Luke Kelly-Clyne is president at Big Breakfast and a watcher of many web videos. Vulture, 31 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of watcher

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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10 Jun 2021

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“Watcher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of watcher

: a person who watches someone or something regularly


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