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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for wide-awake
Historical Examples
  • You can't hope to slink past a cunning, wide-awake, evil brute like he was.

    The Shadow-Line Joseph Conrad
  • He's the most observing, wide-awake fellow I ever knew since I came up from the South.

    Pathfinder Alan Douglas
  • By this time Frank was wide-awake, with every sense aroused.

    Frank Merriwell's Pursuit Burt L. Standish
  • Then she sprang from her cosy nest, wide-awake and full of courage.

    Reels and Spindles Evelyn Raymond
  • It made them realize that a wide-awake aggregation was in town.

    Charles Frohman: Manager and Man

    Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
  • All at once he found himself aroused and wide-awake as ever.

    "Le Monsieur De La Petite Dame" Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • It was not only wide-awake and intelligent; it was something more.

    The Four Pools Mystery Jean Webster
  • He did not quite know, for he felt that though he was wide-awake he could not think as he should.

    Fitz the Filibuster George Manville Fenn
  • “The Government are too wide-awake to allow you to do that,” he observed.

    On the Banks of the Amazon W.H.G. Kingston
  • The Dictator looked fresh, bright, wide-awake, and ready for anything.

    The Dictator

    Justin McCarthy
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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