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From Middle English waccheful, equivalent to watch + -ful. Compare West Frisian waaks (“watchful”), Dutch waaks, waakzaam (“watchful”), German wachsam (“watchful”), Swedish vaksam (“watchful”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈwɒt͡ʃ.fəl/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈwɔt͡ʃ.fəl/
- Hyphenation: watch‧ful
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watchful (comparative more watchful, superlative most watchful)
- Fully observant, vigilant, or aware.
- The teacher kept a watchful eye on her pupils during the school trip.
observant, vigilant and aware