- wake island,
- wake-up call,
Origin of wake-up
verb (used without object), waked or woke, waked or wok·en, wak·ing.
verb (used with object), waked or woke, waked or wok·en, wak·ing.
Origin of wake1
Examples from the Web for wake-up
If you want to predict trends in America, whether in politics or products, World Cup mania should serve as a wake-up call.Ann Coulter Doesn’t Get the Real Reasons Behind America’s World Cup Mania|Kristen Soltis Anderson|July 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A new CDC report serves as a wake-up call for the importance of childhood vaccines.New CDC Report Says Vaccines Prevented 322 Million Diseases In Last 20 Years|Brandy Zadrozny|April 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“This study should be a wake-up call to parents and educators everywhere,” says Greenberg.
But that wine, a balanced blend of supple fruit, focused acidity and sweet spice, was my wake-up call.
And if Voss is discouraged by the situation in Washington, it should be a wake-up call for all of us.
The flicker earned his name of "yarup" or "wake-up" from his spring song, which is a rollicking jolly "wick-a-wick-a-wick."Cornell Nature-Study Leaflets|Various
She went at it cautiously, though she had swallowed a couple of wake-up capsules just before they walked into the Ermetyne suite.Legacy|James H Schmitz
verb wakes, waking, woke or woken
Word Origin for wake
Word Origin for wake
"state of wakefulness," Old English -wacu (as in nihtwacu "night watch"), related to watch; and partly from Old Norse vaka "vigil, eve before a feast," related to vaka "be awake" (cf. Old High German wahta "watch, vigil," Middle Dutch wachten "to watch, guard;" see wake (v.)). Meaning "a sitting up at night with a corpse" is attested from early 15c. (the verb in this sense is recorded from mid-13c.). The custom largely survived as an Irish activity. Wakeman (c.1200), which survives as a surname, was Middle English for "watchman."
"to become awake," Old English wacan "to become awake," also from wacian "to be or remain awake," both from Proto-Germanic *waken (cf. Old Saxon wakon, Old Norse vaka, Danish vaage, Old Frisian waka, Dutch waken, Old High German wahhen, German wachen "to be awake," Gothic wakan "to watch"), from PIE root *weg- "to be strong, be lively" (cf. Sanskrit vajah "force, swiftness, race, prize," vajayati "drives on;" Latin vegere, vigere "to be live, be active, quicken," vigil "awake, wakeful," vigor "liveliness, activity"). Causative sense "to rouse from sleep" is attested from c.1300. Related: Waked; waking. Phrase wake-up call is attested from 1976, originally a call one received from the hotel desk in the morning.
"track left by a moving ship," 1540s, perhaps from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch wake "hole in the ice," from Old Norse vok, vaka "hole in the ice," from Proto-Germanic *wakwo. The sense perhaps evolved via "track made by a vessel through ice." Perhaps the English word is directly from Scandinavian. Figurative phrase in the wake of "following close behind" is recorded from 1806.
A funeral celebration, common in Ireland, at which the participants stay awake all night keeping watch over the body of the dead person before burial. A wake traditionally involves a good deal of feasting and drinking.
In addition to the idioms beginning with wake
, also see
- in the wake of
- to wake the dead