What does watchful mean?

Definitions for watchfulˈwɒtʃ fəl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word watchful.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. alert, watchful(adj)

    engaged in or accustomed to close observation

    "caught by a couple of alert cops"; "alert enough to spot the opportunity when it came"; "constantly alert and vigilant, like a sentinel on duty"

  2. insomniac, sleepless, watchful(adj)

    experiencing or accompanied by sleeplessness

    "insomniac old people"; "insomniac nights"; "lay sleepless all night"; "twenty watchful, weary, tedious nights"- Shakespeare


  1. watchful(Adjective)

    observant, vigilant and aware

Webster Dictionary

  1. Watchful(adj)

    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


  1. Watchful

    Watchful is an album by the American experimental pop music group Amoeba. This is the first Amoeba album to feature the classic lineup of Robert Rich and Rick Davies. The style of this album consists of subtle and largely acoustic pop compositions with heavy ambient textures. Work on this album began in 1994. It was completed in 1995. Over the next two years they searched for a label to distribute the album. It was finally released in 1997 on the Lektronic Soundscapes label. When distribution problems arose with Lektronic Soundscapes, they moved to Release Records, who had also released Rich’s solo album Trances/Drones.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of watchful in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of watchful in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Nasir Khan Durrani:

    We need to be very watchful, we need to be careful.

  2. Anuj Somany:

    Be watchful of the words of a person whose posts have been sponsored on mainstream or social media.

  3. Comptroller Thomas Curry:

    We are keeping a watchful eye. We don't necessarily expect to have the bottom fall out as it did in other areas during the recession.

  4. Stephen Dorner:

    I think on the consumer side, they need to be really watchful of what is actually contained in their plans and what they’re getting.

  5. John Updike:

    There are times when fear is good It must keep its watchful place at the heart's controls. There is advantage in the wisdom won from pain.

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