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[wahyd-uh-weyk] /ˈwaɪd əˈweɪk/
fully awake; with the eyes wide open.
alert, keen, or knowing:
a wide-awake young woman.
Also called wide-awake hat. a soft, low-crowned felt hat.
the sooty tern.
Origin of wide-awake
First recorded in 1810-20
Related forms
wide-awakeness, noun
2. watchful, vigilant; sharp, quick, astute. Unabridged
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  • This time he was wide awake, and he was very pleased indeed to see her.

    The Fairy Ring Various
  • But he was too eager and wide awake just then to wish to take it.

    A Prisoner of Morro Upton Sinclair
  • And just then I remembered something that brought me wide awake in an instant.

    The Haunted Pajamas Francis Perry Elliott
  • Maria lay still, as if asleep, but wide awake and listening.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • She has some kind of a crazy notion in her head,—but when she's thoroughly rested and wide awake, we can straighten it all out.

    Marjorie at Seacote Carolyn Wells
  • She was wide awake, sittin' up in bed, and lookin' round her as wild as a hawk.

    Hildegarde's Holiday Laura E. Richards
British Dictionary definitions for wide awake


adjective (wide awake when postpositive)
fully awake
keen, alert, or observant
Also called wide-awake hat. a hat with a low crown and very wide brim
Derived Forms
wide-awakeness, noun
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Idioms and Phrases with wide awake

wide awake

Fully awake; also, very alert. For example, He lay there, wide awake, unable to sleep, or She was wide awake to all the possibilities. The wide in this idiom alludes to the eyes being wide open. [ Early 1800s ]
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