What does wakeful mean?

Definitions for wakeful
ˈweɪk fəlwake·ful

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. argus-eyed, open-eyed, vigilant, wakefuladjective

    carefully observant or attentive; on the lookout for possible danger

    "a policy of open-eyed awareness"; "the vigilant eye of the town watch"; "there was a watchful dignity in the room"; "a watchful parent with a toddler in tow"

  2. light, wakefuladjective

    (of sleep) easily disturbed

    "in a light doze"; "a light sleeper"; "a restless wakeful night"

  3. waking, wakefuladjective

    marked by full consciousness or alertness

    "worked every moment of my waking hours"


  1. wakefuladjective

    awake rather than sleeping

  2. wakefuladjective


  3. wakefuladjective

    vigilant and alert; watchful

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Wakefuladjective

    Not sleeping; vigilant.

    Etymology: wake and full.

    Before her gate high God did sweat ordain,
    And wakeful watches ever to abide. Edmund Spenser.

    Why dost thou shake thy leaden sceptre? go,
    Bestow thy poppy upon wakeful woe,
    Sickness and sorrow, whose pale lids ne’er know
    Thy downy finger; dwell upon their eyes,
    Shut in their tears; shut out their miseries. Richard Crashaw.

    All thy fears,
    Thy wakeful terrors, affrighting dreams,
    Have now their full reward. John Denham, Sophy.

    Dissembling sleep, but wakeful with the fright,
    The day takes off the pleasure of the night. Dryden.


  1. wakeful

    Wakefulness is a daily recurring brain state and state of consciousness in which an individual is conscious and engages in coherent cognitive and behavioral responses to the external world. Being awake is the opposite of being asleep, in which most external inputs to the brain are excluded from neural processing.


  1. wakeful

    Wakeful generally refers to being alert, awake, vigilant, or not asleep. It can be characterized by an inability or unwillingness to sleep, or a state of consciousness where one is fully aware and responsive to their surroundings.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wakefuladjective

    not sleeping; indisposed to sleep; watchful; vigilant


  1. Wakeful

    Wakeful was one of the great Thoroughbred mares of the Australian turf. She had shown her versatility by defeating top racehorses at distances from 5½ furlongs to 3 miles. She was unplaced in only three races. This bay filly was foaled in 1896, and was by the outstanding racehorse and sire, Trenton from Insomnia by Robinson Crusoe. Her pedigree contained mostly good old colonial bloodlines that had proved their worth in Australian racing and breeding. She was offered at the St Aubins stud dispersal sale in 1900 and purchased by Leslie Macdonald for the bargain price of 310 guineas.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wakeful in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wakeful in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of wakeful in a Sentence

  1. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    I was born in a dream. I woke up in a wakeful dream. I am living in a dream. Life is a miracle in a dream.

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