- unable to sleep; not sleeping; indisposed to sleep: Excitement made the children wakeful.
- characterized by absence of sleep: a wakeful night.
- watchful; alert; vigilant: a wakeful foe.
Origin of wakeful
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1. sleepless, awake, insomniac, restless. 3. wary, observant.
1. asleep, sleeping. 2. sleepful.
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Examples from the Web for wakefulness
Phoebe, heavy-eyed and pale from wakefulness and worry, came then, and called them in to breakfast.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
He wanted to feel himself alone in wakefulness and unobserved.A Spirit in Prison
Robbie had recovered his wakefulness, and was kneeling at Sim's feet, chafing his hands.The Shadow of a Crime
Thence the wakefulness, dreams, and pretended apparitions of vampires.The Phantom World
It is neither sleep, nor is my wakefulness the usual wakefulness.The Prodigal Returns
- unable or unwilling to sleep
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