[ 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

Related forms

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

wide-awakeness, noun
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