[ 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.
Lay vs. LieThe difference between the verbs lay and lie is one of English’s thornier cases of confusion. Both words involve something or someone in a horizontal position, but where the two words deviate has to do with who or what is horizontal—the subject of the verb (the one doing the action) or the direct object (the person or thing being acted upon). When to use lay …
Origin of wide-awake
First recorded in 1810–20
Related formswide-a·wake·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for wide awake
adjective (wide awake when postpositive)
keen, alert, or observant
Also called: wide-awake hat a hat with a low crown and very wide brim
Derived Formswide-awakeness, noun
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Idioms and Phrases with wide awake
Fully awake; also, very alert. For example, He lay there, wide awake, unable to sleep, or She was wide awake to all the possibilities. The wide in this idiom alludes to the eyes being wide open. [Early 1800s]
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