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  1. simple past tense and past participle of wake


woke (not comparable)

  1. (dialectal, African American Vernacular or slang) Awake: conscious and not asleep.
  2. (US, Canada, slang) Alert and aware of what is going on, especially in social justice contexts.
    • 2014, Lynn Sweeting, WomanSpeak, A Journal of Writing and Art by Caribbean Women, volume 7:
      [] stay woke[,] people of color,
      let us occupy this dissent
    • 2016, Ross Douthat, "A Playboy for President," The New York Times, 14 Aug.
      "But the cultural conflict between these two post-revolutionary styles — between frat guys and feminist bluestockings, Gamergaters and the diversity police, alt-right provocateurs and woke dudebros, the mouthbreathers who poured hate on the all-female 'Ghostbusters' and the tastemakers who pretended it was good — is likely here to stay."


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Etymology 1[edit]

Inherited from Old English wicu.



  1. Alternative form of weke (week)

Etymology 2[edit]

Inherited from Old English wāc, from Proto-Germanic *waikwaz. Doublet of weyk.

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  • IPA(key): /wɔːk/
  • (Northern ME, Early ME) IPA(key): /wɑːk/


woke (inflected form woke, comparative wakker, superlative wakkest)

  1. Weak or feeble; lacking, strength, might, or energy:
    1. Weak or feeble due to illness, affliction or aging.
    2. Lacking competency in combat or on the battlefield.
    3. Helpless; lacking, power, authority, or control.
    4. (rare) Fruitless, barren; agriculturally useless or unusable.
  2. Lacking mental strength, force, power or endurance:
    1. Weak religiously; in danger of sinning or moral failure.
    2. (rare) Fearing, afraid; lacking bravery, heart, or courage.
    3. (rare) Unintelligent; lacking intelligence or mental willpower.
    4. (rare) Indecisive, flightly; unable to commit or take action.
    5. (rare) Morally suspect or corrupt; selfish.
  3. Unimportant, valueless; of little value or import.
  4. (rare) Bendable; able to be plied or flexed.
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