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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [woch-fuh l]
    • /ˈwɒtʃ fəl/
    • /ˈwɒtʃ.fəl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [woch-fuh l]
    • /ˈwɒtʃ fəl/

Definitions of watchfully word

  • adjective watchfully vigilant or alert; closely observant: The sentry remained watchful throughout the night. 1
  • adjective watchfully Archaic. wakeful. 1
  • adverb watchfully In a watchful manner. 0

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Origin of watchfully

First appearance:

before 1540
One of the 30% oldest English words
First recorded in 1540-50; watch + -ful

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Parts of speech for Watchfully


watchfully popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 66% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data most of word are more popular. This word is almost not used. It has a much more popular synonym.

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Synonyms for watchfully

adv watchfully

  • anxiously — full of mental distress or uneasiness because of fear of danger or misfortune; greatly worried; solicitous: Her parents were anxious about her poor health.
  • attentively — while giving attention; observantly: Please listen attentively.
  • carefully — cautious in one's actions: Be careful when you cross the street.
  • circumspectly — watchful and discreet; cautious; prudent: circumspect behavior.
  • concernedly — interested or affected: concerned citizens.

adverb watchfully

  • alertly — fully aware and attentive; wide-awake; keen: an alert mind.
  • cautiously — showing, using, or characterized by caution: a cautious man; To be cautious is often to show wisdom.
  • closely — to put (something) in a position to obstruct an entrance, opening, etc.; shut.
  • heedfully — In a heedful manner.
  • jealously — feeling resentment against someone because of that person's rivalry, success, or advantages (often followed by of): He was jealous of his rich brother.

Antonyms for watchfully

adverb watchfully

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