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Meaning of WATCHFUL

Pronunciation:  'wâchful

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  carefully observant or attentive; on the lookout for possible danger; "a policy of open-eyed awareness"; "the vigilant eye of the town watch"; "there was a watchful dignity in the room"; "a watchful parent with a toddler in tow"
  2. [adj]  experiencing or accompanied by sleeplessness; "insomniac old people"; "insomniac nights"; "lay sleepless all night"; "twenty watchful, weary, tedious nights"- Shakespeare

WATCHFUL is a 8 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: alert, argus-eyed, awake(p), insomniac, open-eyed, sleepless, vigilant, wakeful



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Watch"ful\, a.
Full of watch; vigilant; attentive; careful to observe
closely; observant; cautious; -- with of before the thing to
be regulated or guarded; as, to be watchful of one's
behavior; and with against before the thing to be avoided;
as, to be watchful against the growth of vicious habits.
``Many a watchful night.'' --Shak. ``Happy watchful
shepherds.'' --Milton.

      'Twixt prayer and watchful love his heart dividing.

Syn: Vigilant; attentive; cautious; observant; circumspect;
     wakeful; heedful. -- {Watch"ful*ly}, adv. --
     {Watch"ful*ness}, n.