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Etymology 1Edit

A merger of two verbs of similar form and meaning:

VerbEdit

wake (third-person singular simple present wakes, present participle waking, simple past woke or waked, past participle woken or waked)

  1. (intransitive) (often followed by up) To stop sleeping.
    I woke up at four o'clock this morning.
    • 1898, J. Meade Falkner, Moonfleet Chapter 4
      How long I slept I cannot tell, for I had nothing to guide me to the time, but woke at length, and found myself still in darkness.
  2. (transitive) (often followed by up) To make somebody stop sleeping; to rouse from sleep.
    • Bible, Zechariah 4:1
      The angel [] came again and waked me.
    The neighbour's car alarm woke me from a strange dream.
  3. (transitive, figuratively) To put in motion or action; to arouse; to excite.
    • (Can we date this quote?) John Milton
      lest fierce remembrance wake my sudden rage
    • (Can we date this quote?) J. R. Green
      Even Richard's crusade woke little interest in his island realm.
  4. (intransitive, figuratively) To be excited or roused up; to be stirred up from a dormant, torpid, or inactive state; to be active.
    • (Can we date this quote?) John Milton
      Gentle airs due at their hour / To fan the earth now waked.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Keble
      Then wake, my soul, to high desires.
  5. To lay out a body prior to burial in order to allow family and friends to pay their last respects.
  6. To watch, or sit up with, at night, as a dead body.
  7. To be or remain awake; not to sleep.
    • Bible, Ecclesiastes 42:9
      The father waketh for the daughter.
    • (Can we date this quote?) John Milton
      Though wisdom wake, suspicion sleeps.
    • (Can we date this quote?) John Locke
      I cannot think any time, waking or sleeping, without being sensible of it.
  8. (obsolete) To be alert; to keep watch
    • Command unto the guards that they diligently wake.
  9. (obsolete) To sit up late for festive purposes; to hold a night revel.
    • (Can we date this quote?) William Shakespeare
      The king doth wake to-night, and takes his rouse, / Keeps wassail, and the swaggering upspring reels.
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NounEdit

wake (plural wakes)

  1. (obsolete, poetic) The act of waking, or state of being awake.
    • (Can we date this quote?) William Shakespeare
      Making such difference 'twixt wake and sleep.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Dryden
      Singing her flatteries to my morning wake.
  2. The state of forbearing sleep, especially for solemn or festive purposes; a vigil.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Dryden
      The warlike wakes continued all the night, / And funeral games played at new returning light.
    • (Can we date this quote?) John Milton
      The wood nymphs, decked with daises trim, / Their merry wakes and pastimes keep.

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Etymology 2Edit

From Old English wacu, from Proto-Germanic *wakō.

NounEdit

wake (plural wakes)

  1. A period after a person's death before or after the body is buried, cremated, etc.; in some cultures accompanied by a party and/or collectively sorting through the deceased's personal effects.
  2. (historical, Church of England) An annual parish festival formerly held in commemoration of the dedication of a church. Originally, prayers were said on the evening preceding, and hymns were sung during the night, in the church; subsequently, these vigils were discontinued, and the day itself, often with succeeding days, was occupied in rural pastimes and exercises, attended by eating and drinking.
    • (Can we date this quote by Ld. Berners and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Great solemnities were made in all churches, and great fairs and wakes throughout all England.
    • (Can we date this quote by Drayton and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      And every village smokes at wakes with lusty cheer.
  3. A number of vultures assembled together.
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Etymology 3Edit

Probably from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch wake, from or akin to Old Norse vǫk (a hole in the ice) ( > Danish våge, Icelandic vök), from Proto-Germanic *wakwō (wetness), from Proto-Indo-European *wegʷ- (moist, wet).

NounEdit

wake (plural wakes)

  1. The path left behind a ship on the surface of the water.
  2. The turbulent air left behind a flying aircraft.
  3. (figuratively) The area behind something, typically a rapidly moving object.
    • (Can we date this quote by De Quincey and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      This effect followed immediately in the wake of his earliest exertions.
    • (Can we date this quote by Thackeray and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Several humbler persons [] formed quite a procession in the dusty wake of his chariot wheels.
    • 2011 September 28, Tom Rostance, “Arsenal 2 - 1 Olympiakos”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      Alex Song launched a long ball forward from the back and the winger took it down nicely on his chest. He cut across the penalty area from the right and after one of the three defenders in his wake failed to make a meaningful clearance, the Oxlade-Chamberlain was able to dispatch a low left-footed finish into the far corner.
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DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Dutch *waka, from Proto-Germanic *wakō.

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NounEdit

wake f (plural waken)

  1. A wake (a gathering to remember a dead person).

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wake

  1. (archaic) singular present subjunctive of waken

JapaneseEdit

RomanizationEdit

wake

  1. Rōmaji transcription of わけ

Middle EnglishEdit

AdjectiveEdit

wake

  1. Alternative form of woke

SwahiliEdit

NounEdit

wake

  1. plural of mke

AdjectiveEdit

wake

  1. M class inflected form of -ake.
  2. U class inflected form of -ake.
  3. Wa class inflected form of -ake.

Torres Strait CreoleEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Meriam wakey.

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wake

  1. (eastern dialect) upper leg

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