- unable to sleep; not sleeping; indisposed to sleep: Excitement made the children wakeful.
- characterized by absence of sleep: a wakeful night.
- watchful; alert; vigilant: a wakeful foe.
Origin of wakeful
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Related Wordsalive, astir, attentive, careful, heedful, observant, sleepless, vigilant, waking, wary, watchful, wide-awake, insomniac
Examples from the Web for wakeful
He fell asleep, after a long, wakeful night, and did not hear the maid who called him.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
The commandant passed a wakeful night and arrived early at his office.A Nest of Spies
That, too, he had been considering during the wakeful hours of that summer night.The Lion's Skin
Twould be the worse for me (said he) an he caught me wakeful when he turned in.The Cruise of the Shining Light
Wakeful birds deceived by the moon piped softly and were silent.The Vagrant Duke
- unable or unwilling to sleep