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wakeful

[weyk-fuh l] /ˈweɪk fəl/
adjective
1.
unable to sleep; not sleeping; indisposed to sleep:
Excitement made the children wakeful.
2.
characterized by absence of sleep:
a wakeful night.
3.
watchful; alert; vigilant:
a wakeful foe.
Origin of wakeful
1540-1550
1540-50; wake1 + -ful
Related forms
wakefully, adverb
wakefulness, noun
unwakeful, adjective
unwakefully, adverb
unwakefulness, noun
Synonyms
1. sleepless, awake, insomniac, restless. 3. wary, observant.
Antonyms
1. asleep, sleeping. 2. sleepful.
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Examples from the Web for wakefulness
Historical Examples
  • The southerly winds which, in the northern hemisphere, are hot and enervating, always produce an increase of wakefulness.

  • Phoebe, heavy-eyed and pale from wakefulness and worry, came then, and called them in to breakfast.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • With wakefulness came a horrible sensation of hunger and thirst.

    The Wizard of the Sea Roy Rockwood
  • He wanted to feel himself alone in wakefulness and unobserved.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • Through that haze he heard voices, presently, which called him back to wakefulness.

    The Seventh Man Max Brand
  • Robbie had recovered his wakefulness, and was kneeling at Sim's feet, chafing his hands.

  • He had gained experience enough by this time to distrust the wakefulness of Mrs. Lecount.

    No Name Wilkie Collins
  • Thence the wakefulness, dreams, and pretended apparitions of vampires.

    The Phantom World Augustin Calmet
  • It seemed as though she had but closed her eyes when Bills voice called her back to wakefulness.

  • It is neither sleep, nor is my wakefulness the usual wakefulness.

    The Prodigal Returns Lilian Staveley
British Dictionary definitions for wakefulness

wakeful

/ˈweɪkfʊl/
adjective
1.
unable or unwilling to sleep
2.
sleepless
3.
alert
Derived Forms
wakefully, adverb
wakefulness, noun
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