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.


  1. watchman

    A watchman is a person whose job is to guard or monitor a specific area, building, or property, often during the night, to prevent unauthorized access, theft, vandalism, or any other criminal activity. This person may also alert authorities in case of emergencies, perform security checks and monitor surveillance systems. They may also be responsible for opening and closing premises.

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. 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.

  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. Steven Zeitchick:

    It's possible 'Go Set a Watchman' will turn out to be a great work of literature, but it will have some awfully stiff competition. Few books can outdo the one we've written in our minds.

  4. Chakradhar Talukdar:

    The watchman inspects the canal and, if any repair is needed, immediately informs the committee president or secretary, and they in turn ask a member to go and repair it.

  5. Narendra Modi:

    We both work day and night. You guard homes and I guard the nation, the watchman has become a symbol of the country's nationalism.

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