[ 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.

Origin of wide-awake

First recorded in 1810–20


wide-a·wake·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for wide awake


adjective (wide awake when postpositive)

fully awake
keen, alert, or observant


Also called: wide-awake hat a hat with a low crown and very wide brim

Derived forms of wide-awake

wide-awakeness, noun
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Idioms and Phrases with wide awake

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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