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wakeful

[weyk-fuh l] /ˈweɪk fəl/
adjective
1.
unable to sleep; not sleeping; indisposed to sleep:
Excitement made the children wakeful.
2.
characterized by absence of sleep:
a wakeful night.
3.
watchful; alert; vigilant:
a wakeful foe.
Origin of wakeful
1540-1550
First recorded in 1540-50; wake1 + -ful
Related forms
wakefully, adverb
wakefulness, noun
unwakeful, adjective
unwakefully, adverb
unwakefulness, noun
Synonyms
1. sleepless, awake, insomniac, restless. 3. wary, observant.
Antonyms
1. asleep, sleeping. 2. sleepful.
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Examples from the Web for wakefulness
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  • 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 Robert Hichens
  • Robbie had recovered his wakefulness, and was kneeling at Sim's feet, chafing his hands.

  • Thence the wakefulness, dreams, and pretended apparitions of vampires.

    The Phantom World Augustin Calmet
  • It is neither sleep, nor is my wakefulness the usual wakefulness.

    The Prodigal Returns Lilian Staveley
  • But it is only the wakefulness of the mother who is roused by the hungry crying of her infant.

  • It was a problem which Barry Houston, in spite of wakefulness, failed to solve.

    The White Desert

    Courtney Ryley Cooper
  • With wakefulness came a horrible sensation of hunger and thirst.

    The Wizard of the Sea

    Roy Rockwood
  • Secret uneasiness kept him in a continual state of wakefulness.

  • She was half drowsing when a brisk knock startled her into wakefulness.

    The heart of happy hollow Paul Laurence Dunbar
British Dictionary definitions for wakefulness

wakeful

/ˈweɪkfʊl/
adjective
1.
unable or unwilling to sleep
2.
sleepless
3.
alert
Derived Forms
wakefully, adverb
wakefulness, noun
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