watchman etymology

English word watchman comes from English -man, English watch

Detailed word origin of watchman

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
-man English (eng) In certain cases, someone (implied male) who derives from a particular nationality.. Someone (implied male) who has special characteristics relating to a topic or area.. Someone (implied male) who is an expert in an area.. Someone (implied male) who is employed or holds a position in an area.
watch English (eng) (nautical) A group of sailors and officers aboard a ship or shore station with a common period of duty: starboard watch, port watch.. (nautical) A period of time on duty, usually four hours in length; the officers and crew who tend the working of a vessel during the same watch. (FM 55–501).. A particular time period when guarding is kept.. A person or group of people who guard.. A portable [...]
watchman English (eng) One set to watch; a person who keeps guard, especially one who guards a building, or the streets of a city, by night.

Words with the same origin as watchman

Descendants of -man
bowman businessman cameraman cartman chairman congressman councilman doorman fireman fisherman freeman gunman handyman hangman hitman madman milkman policeman postman salesman sandman seaman snowman wingman
Descendants of watch
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