follow Dictionary.com

Why is the ninth month called September?

wake-up

[weyk-uhp] /ˈweɪkˌʌp/
noun
1.
an act or instance of waking up.
2.
an act or instance of being awakened:
I asked the hotel desk for a wake-up at 6.
3.
a time of awaking or being awakened:
I'll need a 5 o'clock wake-up to make the early plane.
4.
flicker2 .
adjective
5.
serving to wake one from sleep:
Leave a wake-up call at the front desk.
6.
serving to arouse or alert:
a wake-up call on the problems of pollution.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; noun, adj. use of verb phrase wake up
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples for wake-up
  • Shrimp get a wake-up call from a bold spice paste that really packs a punch.
  • My first experience with that sort of wake-up call was a few years ago in my first year of teaching.
  • The predicament of workers whose hopes for a prosperous old age had been dashed was a wake-up call for the government.
  • Perhaps this quake will be a wake-up call to construction companies and the government which regulates the industry.
British Dictionary definitions for wake-up

wake-up

noun
1.
(Austral, informal) an alert or intelligent person
2.
(Austral, informal) be a wake-up to, to be fully alert to (a person, thing, action, etc)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for wake-up

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for wake

11
11
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with wake-up

Nearby words for wake-up