Definition of wakeful in English:

wakeful

Line breaks: wake|ful
Pronunciation: /ˈweɪkfʊl
 
, -f(ə)l/

adjective

1(Of a person) unable or not needing to sleep: he had been wakeful all night
More example sentences
  • It seems like yesterday that he was the wakeful baby who nursed incessantly and rarely slept through the night.
  • Our children are presumably as wakeful as any other children at any time in history.
  • Anna sat in the seat next to Izumi, her mind wakeful and restless.
Synonyms
unsleeping, awake, restless, restive, tossing and turning, without sleep, wide awake, insomniac
archaic watchful
1.1(Of a period of time) passed with little or no sleep: wakeful nights
More example sentences
  • I used to have long wakeful periods at night, thinking ridiculous things.
  • I've been spending many wakeful nights during the past couple of weeks thinking about my blessings versus my challenges.
  • Both of us knew that having to endure a few months of wakeful nights goes with the territory, and also that these months pass quickly as the child learns to sleep the whole night through.

Derivatives

wakefully

adverb
More example sentences
  • She shifted wakefully in her bed and looked at the door.
  • She stared wakefully at the stars which peeked through the canopy of trees overhead, and wondered how Adam was doing, and if he was all right.

wakefulness

noun
More example sentences
  • I sort of half-slept last night, suspended in a weird state between wakefulness and dreaming, kept anchored in the world by the sound of the radio.
  • I do this in the night sometimes, in moments of partial wakefulness.
  • Something intense is going on when we sleep; in fact, on an EEG trace it looks very similar to wakefulness.

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