[ US /ˈwɑtʃfəɫ/ ]
[ UK /wˈɒt‍ʃfə‍l/ ]
  1. engaged in or accustomed to close observation
    caught by a couple of alert cops
    constantly alert and vigilant, like a sentinel on duty
    alert enough to spot the opportunity when it came
  2. experiencing or accompanied by sleeplessness
    twenty watchful, weary, tedious nights
    insomniac old people
    insomniac nights
    lay sleepless all night
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How To Use watchful In A Sentence

  • It had been always understood, by watchful politicians, that the Repeal agitation slumbered only until the reinstalment of a Conservative administration. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 54, No. 334, August 1843
  • For all his bold chivalry this watchful Celt seems surely to have strayed from a wayside pulpit.
  • Under the Watchful eye of the demon, wander alone in the formless Chaos.
  • He was watchful, weary, worried, and altogether untrusting of anything she and her companions said or did.
  • Eating under the watchful eye of Chloe, the engagement party lunch was fabulous.
  • I must be especially watchful for assumptions which can be the root of misunderstandings.
  • It was not discovered by the severe indagation and watchfulness of ministers of state from foreign intelligence, -- the usual way of discovering such plots. The Sermons of John Owen
  • Gymnasts start early and children as young as two use soft apparatus to learn their first somersault and handspring, under the watchful eyes of more than 20 qualified coaches.
  • Between [Tilda] Swinton's wounded, watchful eyes and [Amber] Tamblyn's soft internality emerges something that transcends the inherently stale nature of their transactions. GreenCine Daily: Stephanie Daley.
  • He first learnt to fish under the watchful eye of his grandmother.
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