Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that watches or observes: a fire watcher; a watcher of Sino-American relations.
  • n. One who keeps vigil, as at a sick person's bedside.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. someone who watches or observes
  • n. someone who keeps vigil
  • n. a guard

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who watches; one who sits up or continues; a diligent observer; specifically, one who attends upon the sick during the night.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which watches.
  • n. One who keeps awake for the purpose of guarding or attending upon something or some one; a nurse, watch man, sentry, or the like.
  • n. One who observes: as, a watcher of the time.
  • n. A spy; one sent to watch an enemy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a close observer; someone who looks at something (such as an exhibition of some kind)
  • n. a guard who keeps watch
  • n. a person who keeps a devotional vigil by a sick bed or by a dead body

Etymologies

watch +‎ -er (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • For every one of us who says actress or hostess or priestess, there is a word watcher, ready with Wite-Out and caret, who believes that, be they male or female, the correct words are actor, host, and priest.

    TalkTalk

  • The market watcher is looking for tablet unit sales to total around 54.8 million next year and top 208 million in 2014.

    Gartner: Nearly 20 million tablets to be sold in 2010

  • My Mom, an avid (slightly obsessive?) bird watcher is turning 60 tomorrow!

    Frozen Eagle Trip Photos

  • What has baffled me for years now, as a confirmed Apple watcher, is how few people want to comment the Steve Jobs is at least as big a control freak as anyone at Microsoft, and probably bigger, since he has managed to consistently marginalize himself and his company.

    Will Steve Jobs Set Me Free? - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com

  • The average clock-watcher is just that – AVERAGE – always knows exactly when to start packing it up so they can get out on time.

    Think Progress » Right-Wing Peanut Gallery Hits Miers Hard

  • I've been a long term watcher, Stargate SG-1 as soon as it went to syndication and Atlantis from the beginning, and I've always kept my expectations for the show limited, but nowadays most episodes cause me physical pain.

    News From the Bizarro-verse and Other "Sacrifice" Thoughts

  • A watcher from the opposing team dragged her screaming away and was dropped like a steer by an ear-blow from a partisan from the woman's team.

    Chapter 4

  • But it was so real and so strange that I wondered if I were temporarily crazed, and as it disappeared I called a watcher from another room, and went out into the open air for a few moments to recover myself under the midnight stars.

    The Arena Volume 4, No. 21, August, 1891

  • Also implied is a tiny seed of irritation nascent to the spontaneous state, a seed which, at a certain point in its growth, will cause the narrated I-persona suddenly to recall the watcher who abruptly ends the free flow of action: thus the passage from innocence to experience, or childhood to adulthood, termed by Lacan

    Kafka and the Coincidence of Opposites

  • Then he gave a respectful bow of his head, because the watcher was a ­Noma.

    Excerpt: Seeker by William Nicholson

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  • Watchers are beings who guard the portals that link the worlds together. In some Wicca/Witchcraft traditions they are viewed as a spiritual race, a set of deities, or as spirits of the four elements. The Watchers are associated with the four quarters of North, South, East and West. In some traditions the Watchers are associated with the four elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water. They are also linked to each solstice and equinox, as well as to a specific star. North is Fomalhaut, the east is Aldebaran, the south is Regulus, and the west is Antares.
    _Raven Grimassi, Encyclopedia of Wicca and Witchcraft

    See also watchtower

    February 18, 2008

  • "You know, for someone who's got "Watcher" on his resume', you might want to cast an eye to the front door every now and again." - Spike to Giles, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    December 18, 2007