watchman


watchman
watchman (n.) also watch-man, c.1400, "guard, sentinel, lookout" (late 12c. as a surname), figuratively "guardian, protector" (mid-15c.), from WATCH (Cf. watch) (n.) + MAN (Cf. man) (n.). Also "person characterized by wakefulness" (mid-15c.).

Etymology dictionary. 2014.

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