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 formswide-a·wake·ness, noun

Synonyms for wide-awake

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Historical Examples of wide-awake

  • You can't hope to slink past a cunning, wide-awake, evil brute like he was.

    The Shadow-Line

    Joseph Conrad

  • He's the most observing, wide-awake fellow I ever knew since I came up from the South.


    Alan Douglas

  • By this time Frank was wide-awake, with every sense aroused.

  • Then she sprang from her cosy nest, wide-awake and full of courage.

    Reels and Spindles

    Evelyn Raymond

  • It made them realize that a wide-awake aggregation was in town.

    Charles Frohman: Manager and Man

    Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman

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 Formswide-awakeness, noun
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