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watch·man

 (wŏch′mən)
n.
One who is employed to stand guard or keep watch.

watchman

(ˈwɒtʃmən)
n, pl -men
1. (Building) a person employed to guard buildings or property
2. (formerly) a man employed to patrol or guard the streets at night

watch•man

(ˈwɒtʃ mən)

n., pl. -men.
1. a person who keeps guard over a building at night.
2. (formerly) a person who guards or patrols the streets at night.
[1350–1400]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.watchman - a guard who keeps watchwatchman - a guard who keeps watch    
private security force, security force - a privately employed group hired to protect the security of a business or industry
bank guard - a security guard at a bank
fire watcher - (during World War II in Britain) someone whose duty was to watch for fires caused by bombs dropped from the air
guard - a person who keeps watch over something or someone
lookout, lookout man, picket, scout, sentinel, sentry, spotter, watch - a person employed to keep watch for some anticipated event
night watchman - a watchman who works during the night
patroller - someone on patrol duty; an individual or a member of a group that patrols an area
port watcher, portwatcher - a watchman on a wharf

watchman

noun guard, security guard, security man, custodian, caretaker He worked for ten years as a watchman in a factory.
Translations
حارِس، خَفير
hlídač
vagtvagtmand
varîmaîur, næturvörîur, vaktmaîur
nočni čuvaj

watchman

[ˈwɒtʃmən] N (watchmen (pl)) (= security guard) → guardián m, vigilante m (also night watchman) (in factory) → vigilante m nocturno; (in street) → sereno m

watchman

[ˈwɒtʃmən] n (= guard) → gardien m (also night watchman) → veilleur m de nuitwatch stem n (US)remontoir m

watchman

[ˈwɒtʃmən] n (-men (pl)) → guardiano

watch

(wotʃ) noun
1. a small instrument for telling the time by, worn on the wrist or carried in the pocket of a waistcoat etc. He wears a gold watch; a wrist-watch.
2. a period of standing guard during the night. I'll take the watch from two o'clock till six.
3. in the navy etc, a group of officers and men who are on duty at a given time. The night watch come(s) on duty soon.
verb
1. to look at (someone or something). He was watching her carefully; He is watching television.
2. to keep a lookout (for). They've gone to watch for the ship coming in; Could you watch for the postman?
3. to be careful of (someone or something). Watch (that) you don't fall off!; Watch him! He's dangerous.
4. to guard or take care of. Watch the prisoner and make sure he doesn't escape; Please watch the baby while I go shopping.
5. to wait for (a chance, opportunity etc). Watch your chance, and then run.
ˈwatcher noun
ˈwatchful adjective
alert and cautious. watchful eyes; If you are watchful you will not be robbed.
ˈwatchfully adverb
ˈwatchfulness noun
ˈwatchdog noun
a dog which guards someone's property etc. We leave a watchdog in our office at night to scare away thieves.
ˈwatchmaker noun
a person who makes and repairs watches, clocks etc.
ˈwatchman noun
(often ˌnight-ˈwatchman) a man employed to guard a building etc against thieves, especially at night. The bank-robbers shot the (night-)watchman.
ˈwatchtower noun
an old word for a tower on which a lookout is posted.
ˈwatchword noun
a motto or slogan used by members of a group of people who think (or act) alike. Let freedom be our watchword!
keep watch
to be on guard. He kept watch while the other soldiers slept.
watch one's step
to be careful what one does or says. He's in a bad mood, so watch your step and don't say anything wrong!
watch out (with for)
to be careful (of). Watch out for the cars!; Watch out! The police are coming!
watch over
to guard or take care of. The mother bird is watching over her young.
References in classic literature ?
In Main Street no one was abroad but Hop Higgins the night watchman and in the whole town no one was awake but the watchman and young George Willard, who sat in the office of the Winesburg Eagle trying to write a story.
If we lay among the white tents of the Sixtieth, and in front of an enemy like the French, I could not ask for a better watchman," returned the scout; "but in the darkness and among the signs of the wilderness your judgment would be like the folly of a child, and your vigilance thrown away.
Because in such a wilderness of running rigging, whose various different relations aloft cannot always be infallibly discerned by what is seen of them at the deck; and when the deck-ends of these ropes are being every few minutes cast down from the fastenings, it would be but a natural fatality, if, unprovided with a constant watchman, the hoisted sailor should by some carelessness of the crew be cast adrift and fall all swooping to the sea.
Jurgis was naturally glad to accept, and so the night watchman said a few words to the boss, and he was excused for the rest of the day.
We were marched off toward prison, one on each side of the watchman.
en de ole watchman, Billy Hatch, he 'uz a-noddin' on de companionway;--en I knowed 'em all; en, lan', but dey did look good
He threaded his way back to the ferry landing, found nobody at large there, and walked boldly on board the boat, for he knew she was tenantless except that there was a watchman, who always turned in and slept like a graven image.
The case sometimes stood thus: At every gate through which we were to pass, we saw a watchman --at every ferry a guard--on every bridge a sentinel-- and in every wood a patrol.
While he trotted back with the message he was to deliver to the night watchman in his box at the door of Tellson's Bank, by Temple Bar, who was to deliver it to greater authorities within, the shadows of the night took such shapes to him as arose out of the message, and took such shapes to the mare as arose out of HER private topics of uneasiness.
Whether Dora had any idea that I was a Private Watchman, I am unable to say; but it made a great impression on her, and she neither played nor sang any more.
Not stumbling on the means after all, I was fain to go out to the adjacent Lodge and get the watchman there to come with his lantern.
It was the village club, and the head-man and the watchman and the barber, who knew all the gossip of the village, and old Buldeo, the village hunter, who had a Tower musket, met and smoked.