- an act or instance of waking up.
- an act or instance of being awakened: I asked the hotel desk for a wake-up at 6.
- a time of awaking or being awakened: I'll need a 5 o'clock wake-up to make the early plane.
- serving to wake one from sleep: Tell the front desk you want a wake-up call.
- serving to arouse or alert: a wake-up call on the problems of pollution.
Origin of wake-up
- to become roused from sleep; awake; awaken; waken (often followed by up).
- to become roused from a tranquil or inactive state; awaken; waken: to wake from one's daydreams.
- to become cognizant or aware of something; awaken; waken: to wake to the true situation.
- to be or continue to be awake: Whether I wake or sleep, I think of you.
- to remain awake for some purpose, duty, etc.: I will wake until you return.
- to hold a wake over a corpse.
- to keep watch or vigil.
- to rouse from sleep; awake; awaken; waken (often followed by up): Don't wake me for breakfast. Wake me up at six o'clock.
- to rouse from lethargy, apathy, ignorance, etc. (often followed by up): The tragedy woke us up to the need for safety precautions.
- to hold a wake for or over (a dead person).
- to keep watch or vigil over.
- a watching, or a watch kept, especially for some solemn or ceremonial purpose.
- a watch or vigil by the body of a dead person before burial, sometimes accompanied by feasting or merrymaking.
- a local annual festival in England, formerly held in honor of the patron saint or on the anniversary of the dedication of a church but now usually having little or no religious significance.
- the state of being awake: between sleep and wake.
Origin of wake1
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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
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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
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“This study should be a wake-up call to parents and educators everywhere,” says Greenberg.Can Boys Be ‘Coerced’ Into Sex?
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But that wine, a balanced blend of supple fruit, focused acidity and sweet spice, was my wake-up call.The Pleasures of America’s Oldest Vines
February 22, 2014
And if Voss is discouraged by the situation in Washington, it should be a wake-up call for all of us.Shutdown Crisis: We Need a Hostage Negotiator
October 6, 2013
The flicker earned his name of "yarup" or "wake-up" from his spring song, which is a rollicking jolly "wick-a-wick-a-wick."
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
- Australian informal an alert or intelligent person
- be a wake-up to Australian informal to be fully alert to (a person, thing, action, etc)
- (often foll by up) to rouse or become roused from sleep
- (often foll by up) to rouse or become roused from inactivity
- (intr; often foll by to or up to) to become conscious or awareat last he woke to the situation
- (intr) to be or remain awake
- (tr) to arouse (feelings etc)
- dialect to hold a wake over (a corpse)
- archaic, or dialect to keep watch over
- wake up and smell the coffee informal to face up to reality, especially in an unpleasant situation
- a watch or vigil held over the body of a dead person during the night before burial
- (in Ireland) festivities held after a funeral
- the patronal or dedication festival of English parish churches
- a solemn or ceremonial vigil
- (usually plural) an annual holiday in any of various towns in northern England, when the local factory or factories close, usually for a week or two weeks
- rare the state of being awake
- the waves or track left by a vessel or other object moving through water
- the track or path left by anything that has passedwrecked houses in the wake of the hurricane
Word Origin and History for wake-up
"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.
Idioms and Phrases with wake-up
In addition to the idioms beginning with wake
, also see
- in the wake of
- to wake the dead