adjective, Slang. (often used in the phrase stay woke)
verb (used without object), waked or woke, waked or wok·en, wak·ing.
verb (used with object), waked or woke, waked or wok·en, wak·ing.
Origin of wake1
Synonyms for wake
Antonyms for wake
Related Words for wokearise, awake, awaken, call, nudge, prod, rise, rouse, shake, stir, stretch, bestir, activate, animate, arouse, challenge, enliven, fire, freshen
Examples from the Web for woke
Contemporary Examples of woke
One measly year later, Pam woke to find a naked Ewing grinning at her in the shower.‘The Walking Dead’ Fans Demand: Bring Back Beth!
December 11, 2014
When she came to, she alleges that she woke up in his bed and Cosby had his shirt off.Bill Cosby’s Long List of Accusers (So Far): 18 Alleged Sexual Assault Victims Between 1965-2004
November 24, 2014
She woke up and realized she had no recollection of the past several hours.
Another incident, in January, involved a Kenyan man, Paul Mutora, who woke up in the morgue 15 hours after being pronounced dead.What It’s Like to Wake Up Dead
Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD, Tej Azad
November 21, 2014
“I woke up and I was in the back of my car all alone,” Ferrier said.
Historical Examples of woke
When she woke it was to a blaze of sunlight, but caught in the net of her closed curtains.Weighed and Wanting
I woke then, and the struggle had ceased—the temptation had passed.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
WE went to sleep about four o'clock, and woke up about eight.Tom Sawyer Abroad
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
When he woke early in the morning, he had to hurry to his stock.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
When I woke, it was past noon, and the sun was shining directly on me.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
verb wakes, waking, woke or woken
Word Origin for wake
Word Origin for wake
"state of wakefulness," Old English -wacu (as in nihtwacu "night watch"), related to watch; and partly from Old Norse vaka "vigil, eve before a feast," related to vaka "be awake" (cf. Old High German wahta "watch, vigil," Middle Dutch wachten "to watch, guard;" see wake (v.)). Meaning "a sitting up at night with a corpse" is attested from early 15c. (the verb in this sense is recorded from mid-13c.). The custom largely survived as an Irish activity. Wakeman (c.1200), which survives as a surname, was Middle English for "watchman."
"to become awake," Old English wacan "to become awake," also from wacian "to be or remain awake," both from Proto-Germanic *waken (cf. Old Saxon wakon, Old Norse vaka, Danish vaage, Old Frisian waka, Dutch waken, Old High German wahhen, German wachen "to be awake," Gothic wakan "to watch"), from PIE root *weg- "to be strong, be lively" (cf. Sanskrit vajah "force, swiftness, race, prize," vajayati "drives on;" Latin vegere, vigere "to be live, be active, quicken," vigil "awake, wakeful," vigor "liveliness, activity"). Causative sense "to rouse from sleep" is attested from c.1300. Related: Waked; waking. Phrase wake-up call is attested from 1976, originally a call one received from the hotel desk in the morning.
"track left by a moving ship," 1540s, perhaps from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch wake "hole in the ice," from Old Norse vok, vaka "hole in the ice," from Proto-Germanic *wakwo. The sense perhaps evolved via "track made by a vessel through ice." Perhaps the English word is directly from Scandinavian. Figurative phrase in the wake of "following close behind" is recorded from 1806.
A funeral celebration, common in Ireland, at which the participants stay awake all night keeping watch over the body of the dead person before burial. A wake traditionally involves a good deal of feasting and drinking.
In addition to the idioms beginning with wake
, also see
- in the wake of
- to wake the dead