adjective, Slang. (often used in the phrase stay woke)
- wake island,
- wake-up call,
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
Examples from the Web for woke
One measly year later, Pam woke to find a naked Ewing grinning at her in the shower.
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|Marlow Stern|November 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.
“I woke up and I was in the back of my car all alone,” Ferrier said.
And I woke with my eyes full of tears and my heart beating—for I believe in dreams.The Woman in White|Wilkie Collins
He stood in front of his wife and woke Stella up in order to make his declaration.The Second Fiddle|Phyllis Bottome
When Auntie woke she saw at once by the light that it was much later than her usual time.A Christmas Posy|Mary Louisa Stewart Molesworth
Angelina Braid, on the morning of her third birthday, woke very early.The Golden Scarecrow|Hugh Walpole
When I woke a slave was standing over me, and he said, "There is not one date left on the tree!"The Violet Fairy Book|Various
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