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
Synonyms for wake
Antonyms for wake
Examples from the Web for waker
Historical Examples of waker
Waker had a birthday yesterday and got ten post cards and a telegram.
But Waker had his whole being in his hands, without so much as clenching them.
Th' keenin' become waker an' waker till it died down like the cheep ov a willy-wag-tail far off be the ind ov th' road.My Lady of the Chimney Corner
The tree-covered wharves and the typical Dutch crowds, the dog-drawn little carts and the "morning waker," are all there.The Automobilist Abroad
M. F. (Milburg Francisco) Mansfield
To learn to take the universe seriously there is no quicker way than to watch—to be a "waker," as the country-people call it.The Mayor of Casterbridge
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