Definition of lyke wake in English:

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lyke wake

Pronunciation: /lʌɪk/


A night spent watching over a dead body, typically acting as a celebration to mark the passing of the person’s soul: No, no, father, we can’t be cutting into that ham. That’s for the lyke wake
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  • Plummer evidently was acquainted with the family, however, and had some idea that the lyke-wake was in order.
  • The lyke wake, when friends sat up all night by the coffin, was not being so frequently observed by the middle years of the nineteenth century, but on the morning of the funeral the men gathered for a few drams.


Late Middle English: from lyke (from Old English līc 'body': compare with lychgate) and the noun wake1.

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