• A portable or wearable timepiece.
  • The act of guarding and observing someone or something.
  • A particular time period when guarding is kept.
  • A person or group of people who guard.
  • The post or office of a watchman; also, the place where a watchman is posted, or where a guard is kept.
  • A group of sailors and officers aboard a ship or shore station with a common period of duty: starboard watch, port watch.
  • A period of time on duty, usually four hours in length; the officers and crew who tend the working of a vessel during the same watch. (FM 55–501).
  • The act of seeing, or viewing, for a period of time.



Opposite words


  • As a noun, from Middle English wacche, from Old English wæċċe. See below for verb form.
  • From Middle English wacchen, from Old English wæċċan, from Proto-West Germanic *wakkjan, from Proto-Germanic *wakjaną.

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