watch·ful /ˈwɑʧfəl, ˈwɔʧ-/
Watch·ful a. Full of watch; vigilant; attentive; careful to observe closely; observant; cautious; -- with of before the thing to be regulated or guarded; as, to be watchful of one's behavior; and with against before the thing to be avoided; as, to be watchful against the growth of vicious habits. “Many a watchful night.” --Shak. “Happy watchful shepherds.” --Milton.
'Twixt prayer and watchful love his heart dividing. --Keble.
Syn: -- Vigilant; attentive; cautious; observant; circumspect; wakeful; heedful.
-- Watch*ful*ly, adv. -- Watch*ful*ness, n.
adj 1: carefully observant or attentive; on the lookout for
possible danger; "a policy of open-eyed awareness";
"the vigilant eye of the town watch"; "there was a
watchful dignity in the room"; "a watchful parent with
a toddler in tow" [syn: argus-eyed, open-eyed, vigilant,
2: experiencing or accompanied by sleeplessness; "insomniac old
people"; "insomniac nights"; "lay sleepless all night";
"twenty watchful, weary, tedious nights"- Shakespeare
[syn: insomniac, sleepless]