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wide-awake

[ wahyd-uh-weyk ]
/ ˈwaɪd əˈweɪk /
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adjective

fully awake; with the eyes wide open.
alert, keen, or knowing: a wide-awake young woman.

noun

Also called wide-awake hat . a soft, low-crowned felt hat.

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Origin of wide-awake

First recorded in 1810–20

OTHER WORDS FROM wide-awake

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

wide-awake

adjective (wide awake when postpositive)

fully awake
keen, alert, or observant

noun

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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