W w


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [woch]
    • /wɒtʃ/
    • /wɒtʃ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [woch]
    • /wɒtʃ/

Definitions of watching word

  • verb without object watching to be alertly on the lookout, look attentively, or observe, as to see what comes, is done, or happens: to watch while an experiment is performed. 1
  • verb without object watching to look or wait attentively and expectantly (usually followed by for): to watch for a signal; to watch for an opportunity. 1
  • verb without object watching to be careful or cautious: Watch when you cross the street. 1
  • verb without object watching to keep awake, especially for a purpose; remain vigilant, as for protection or safekeeping: to watch with a sick person. 1
  • verb without object watching to keep vigil, as for devotional purposes. 1
  • verb without object watching to keep guard: She was assigned to watch at the door. 1

Information block about the term

Origin of watching

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; 1580-90 for def 15; (v.) Middle English wacchen, Old English wæccan, doublet of wacian to be awake (see wake1); (noun) Middle English wacche, Old English wæcce, derivative of wæccan

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Watching


watching popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 99% 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".

watching usage trend in Literature

This diagram is provided by Google Ngram Viewer

Synonyms for watching

adj watching

  • hellbent — stubbornly or recklessly determined.
  • intent — something that is intended; purpose; design; intention: The original intent of the committee was to raise funds.

noun watching

  • gaze — to look steadily and intently, as with great curiosity, interest, pleasure, or wonder.
  • inspecting — Present participle of inspect.
  • looking — to turn one's eyes toward something or in some direction in order to see: He looked toward the western horizon and saw the returning planes.
  • observation — an act or instance of noticing or perceiving.
  • observing — to see, watch, perceive, or notice: He observed the passersby in the street.

Top questions with watching

  • what am i watching?

See also

Matching words

Was this page helpful?
Yes No
Thank you for your feedback! Tell your friends about this page
Tell us why?