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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English wakyr, from Old English wacor, waccor (watchful, vigilant), from Proto-Germanic *wakraz (awake, watchful), equivalent to wake +‎ -er. Cognate with Scots wakir (watchful), Dutch wakker (awake), German wacker (awake, alert, capable, brave), Swedish vacker (wakeful, watchful, fair, comely).


waker (comparative more waker, superlative most waker)

  1. (now chiefly Britain dialectal) Watchful; vigilant; alert.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English wakere, equivalent to wake +‎ -er. Compare West Frisian wekker (alarm clock, literally waker), Dutch wekker, German Wecker, Danish vækkeur.


waker (plural wakers)

  1. One who wakens or arouses from sleep.
  2. One who wakes somebody or something.
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