wideawake

noun wide·awake \ ˌwīd-ə-ˈwāk \

Definition of wideawake

1 : a soft felt hat with a low crown and a wide brim

First Known Use of wideawake

1831

in the meaning defined at sense 2

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wide-awake

adjective \ ˌwīd-ə-ˈwāk \

Definition of wide-awake

1 : fully awake
2 : alertly watchful especially for advantages or opportunities

First Known Use of wide-awake

1658

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Synonym Discussion of wide-awake

watchful, vigilant, wide-awake, alert mean being on the lookout especially for danger or opportunity. watchful is the least explicit term.
    • the watchful eye of the department supervisor
vigilant suggests intense, unremitting, wary watchfulness.
    • eternally vigilant in the safeguarding of democracy
wide-awake applies to watchfulness for opportunities and developments more often than dangers.
    • wide-awake companies latched onto the new technology
alert stresses readiness or promptness in meeting danger or in seizing opportunity.
    • alert traders anticipated the stock market's slide

WIDEAWAKE Defined for Kids

wide-awake

adjective \ ˌwīd-ə-ˈwāk \

Definition of wide-awake for Students

1 : fully awake
2 : very alert

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