Adjective "wakeful" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of a person) unable or not needing to sleep.
  1. 'She told me that when she was lying wakeful and anxious in bed at night, she used to imagine my house and my brother's house, both hundreds of miles away, out of Ireland, across the sea.'
  2. 'At night he lay in bed beside his wife also wakeful, also silent, her back to him in the dark - and went over it in his mind.'
  3. 'While Sancho falls quickly to sleep, Don Quijote remains wakeful and restless.'
  4. 'I lay wakeful that night, going over and over every detail in my head.'
  5. 'Some babies manage five or six-hour stretches of sleep at night by three to four months, but many do not, and others may even be more wakeful than when they were younger.'
  6. '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.'
  7. 'It had been a late and wakeful night for the two of them, talking and smoking and drinking in El's room.'
  8. 'I used to have long wakeful periods at night, thinking ridiculous things.'
  9. 'One can read several wakeful nights recorded in her face.'


1. unable to sleep; not sleeping; indisposed to sleep: Excitement made the children wakeful.

2. characterized by absence of sleep: a wakeful night.

3. watchful; alert; vigilant: a wakeful foe.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be wakeful in/at/on nights."

"babies can be wakeful at nights."

"people can be wakeful."

"nights can be wakeful."

"stakes can be wakeful."

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