What does watchman mean?

Definitions for watchman
ˈwɒtʃ mənwatch·man

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word watchman.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. watchman, watcher, security guardnoun

    a guard who keeps watch


  1. watchmannoun

    A guard who keeps watch

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Watchmannoun

    Guard; sentinel; one set to keep ward.

    Etymology: watch and man.

    On the top of all I do espy
    The watchman waiting, tydings glad to hear. Fa. Queen.

    Turn him into London-streets, that the watchmen might carry him before a justice. Francis Bacon.

    Drunkenness calls off the watchmen from their towers; and then all evils that proceed from a loose heart, an untied tongue, and a dissolute spirit, we put upon its account. Taylor.

    Our watchmen from the tow’rs, with longing eyes,
    Expect his swift arrival. John Dryden, Spanish Fryar.

    The melancholy tone of a watchman at midnight. Jonathan Swift.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Watchmannoun

    one set to watch; a person who keeps guard; a guard; a sentinel

  2. Watchmannoun

    specifically, one who guards a building, or the streets of a city, by night


  1. Watchman

    Watchman is a 1988 novel written by Ian Rankin, and is one of the author's earliest works. Originally published in 1988, it was reissued with a new introduction by Rankin in 2004.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Watchman is ranked #26067 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Watchman surname appeared 940 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Watchman.

    72.7% or 684 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    13% or 123 total occurrences were White.
    5.6% or 53 total occurrences were Black.
    3.3% or 31 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.9% or 28 total occurrences were Asian.
    2.2% or 21 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of watchman in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of watchman in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of watchman in a Sentence

  1. Tonja Carter:

    She is alive and kicking and happy as hell with the reactions of 'Watchman,' go Set a Watchman.

  2. Tallulah Bankhead:

    It's one of the tragic ironies of the theatre that only one man in it can count on steady work -- the night watchman.

  3. Michael Morrison:

    'Go Set a Watchman' begins with Scout's train ride home, but more profoundly, it is about the journey Harper Lee's beloved characters have taken in the subsequent 20 years of their lives.

  4. Juan Pablo Adame:

    Nobody watches the watchman.

  5. Jonathan Burnham:

    The existence of' Go Set a Watchman' was unknown until recently, and its discovery is an extraordinary gift to the many readers and fans of' To Kill a Mockingbird,' reading in many ways like a sequel to Harper Lee's classic novel, it is a compelling and ultimately moving narrative about a father and a daughter's relationship, and the life of a small Alabama town living through the racial tensions of the 1950s.

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