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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [woch-dawg, -dog]
    • /ˈwɒtʃˌdɔg, -ˌdɒg/
    • /ˈwɒtʃ.dɒɡ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [woch-dawg, -dog]
    • /ˈwɒtʃˌdɔg, -ˌdɒg/

Definitions of watchdog word

  • noun watchdog a dog kept to guard property. 1
  • noun watchdog a watchful guardian: a self-appointed watchdog of the public morals. 1
  • adjective watchdog of, relating to, or characteristic of a watchdog. 1
  • adjective watchdog organized or functioning as a watchful guardian, especially against illegal or unethical conduct: a watchdog group in the legislature. 1
  • verb with object watchdog to watch carefully, especially so as to detect illegal or unethical conduct. 1
  • noun watchdog A dog kept to guard private property. 1

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Origin of watchdog

First appearance:

before 1600
One of the 39% oldest English words
First recorded in 1600-10; watch + dog

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Parts of speech for Watchdog


watchdog popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 73% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for watchdog

noun watchdog

  • attack dog — a dog trained to attack on command
  • babysitter — to take charge of a child while the parents are temporarily away.
  • bandog — a ferocious dog, whether by nature or trained as a guard dog
  • cerberi — Also, Kerberos. Classical Mythology. a dog, usually represented as having three heads, that guarded the entrance of the infernal regions.
  • cerberus — a dog, usually represented as having three heads, that guarded the entrance to Hades

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