Awake vs Getup - What's the difference?

awake | getup |

As an adjective awake

is not asleep; conscious.

As a verb awake

is (label) to become conscious after having slept.

As a noun getup is

(chiefly|us|informal) a costume or outfit, especially one that is ostentatious or otherwise unusual.




(en-adj) (predicative only)
  • Not asleep; conscious.
  • (by extension) Alert, aware.
  • Synonyms

    * (conscious) conscious, lucid, wide awake


    * (conscious) asleep, unconscious


  • (label) To become conscious after having slept.
  • * (1904-1989):
  • *:Each morning when I awake , I experience again a supreme pleasure - that of being Salvador Dali.
  • (label) To cause (somebody) to stop sleeping.
  • *:
  • *:Thenne she called the heremyte syre Vlfyn I am a gentylwoman that wold speke with the knyght whiche is with yow / Thenne the good man awaked Galahad / & badde hym aryse and speke with a gentylwoman that semeth hath grete nede of yow / Thenne Galahad wente to her & asked her what she wold
  • (label) to excite or to stir up something latent.
  • To rouse from a state of inaction or dormancy.
  • To come out of a state of inaction or dormancy.
  • *(Edward Augustus Freeman) (1823-1892)
  • *:The national spirit again awoke .
  • *(Bible), xv. 34
  • *:Awake to righteousness, and sin not.
  • Synonyms

    * (to gain consciousness) awaken, wake up,


    * (to gain consciousness) fall asleep

    Derived terms

    * (l)

    See also

    * awake to * awaken * wake * wake up


    * * * * * English irregular verbs



    Alternative forms

    * get up * get-up


    (en noun)
  • (chiefly, US, informal) A costume or outfit, especially one that is ostentatious or otherwise unusual.
  • *1899 ,
  • When near the buildings I met a white man, in such an unexpected elegance of get–up that in the first moment I took him for a sort of vision.
  • * 1917 , " 1,200 Reading Firemen March," Reading Eagle (Pennsylvania, USA), 28 Oct. p. 4:
  • The Schnitzelbank Band, each member attired in an odd getup , received many comments for the manner in which the men marched.
  • * 2009 , " Worried They Will Miss the War: Inside the Mind of West Point's Class of 2009," Newsweek , 6 June:
  • [A] parade of costumed cadets trots by: a shark costume, an Uncle Sam getup and three young men in form-fitting bodysuits.
  • (informal) A fight or altercation.
  • * 2002 , Andrea Sachs, " Caricature Builder," Time , 21 Jan.:
  • "A bully. Picked on fellows. He loved to fight. But I never saw him in a getup with a fellow his own size."
  • (publishing) Layout and production style, as of a magazine.
  • See also

    * all get up * get up