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In obsolete terms the difference between wake and way

is that wake is to sit up late for festive purposes; to hold a night revel while way is to travel.

As verbs the difference between wake and way

is that wake is (often followed by up) To stop sleeping while way is to travel.

As nouns the difference between wake and way

is that wake is the act of waking, or state of being awake while way is To do with a place or places.

As proper nouns the difference between wake and way

is that wake is {{surname|lang=en} while Way is christianity in translations of texts from the 1st century AD, notably the Acts of the Apostles.

As an interjection way is

it is true.

As an adverb way is




Etymology 1

From (etyl) waken'', (etyl) ''wacan * Middle English wakien'', Old English ''wacian


  • (often followed by up ) To stop sleeping.
  • I woke up at four o'clock this morning.
  • * 1898 , , (Moonfleet) Chapter 4
  • How long I slept I cannot tell, for I had nothing to guide me to the time, but woke at length, and found myself still in darkness.
  • (often followed by up ) To make somebody stop sleeping; to rouse from sleep.
  • * Bible, Zech. iv. 1
  • The angel came again and waked me.
    The neighbour's car alarm woke me from a strange dream.
  • (figurative) To put in motion or action; to arouse; to excite.
  • * Milton
  • lest fierce remembrance wake my sudden rage
  • * J. R. Green
  • Even Richard's crusade woke little interest in his island realm.
  • (figurative) To be excited or roused up; to be stirred up from a dormant, torpid, or inactive state; to be active.
  • * Milton
  • Gentle airs due at their hour / To fan the earth now waked .
  • * Keble
  • Then wake , my soul, to high desires.
  • To lay out a body prior to burial in order to allow family and friends to pay their last respects.
  • To watch, or sit up with, at night, as a dead body.
  • To be or remain awake; not to sleep.
  • * Bible, Eccles. xlii. 9
  • The father waketh for the daughter.
  • * Milton
  • Though wisdom wake , suspicion sleeps.
  • * John Locke
  • I cannot think any time, waking or sleeping, without being sensible of it.
  • (obsolete) To sit up late for festive purposes; to hold a night revel.
  • * Shakespeare
  • The king doth wake to-night, and takes his rouse, / Keeps wassail, and the swaggering upspring reels.


    (en noun)
  • (obsolete, poetic) The act of waking, or state of being awake.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Making such difference 'twixt wake and sleep.
  • * Dryden
  • Singing her flatteries to my morning wake .
  • The state of forbearing sleep, especially for solemn or festive purposes; a vigil.
  • * Dryden
  • The warlike wakes continued all the night, / And funeral games played at new returning light.
  • * Milton
  • The wood nymphs, decked with daises trim, / Their merry wakes and pastimes keep.

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) wacu.


    (en noun)
  • A period after a person's death before the body is buried, in some cultures accompanied by a party.
  • (historical, Church of England) An annual parish festival formerly held in commemoration of the dedication of a church. Originally, prayers were said on the evening preceding, and hymns were sung during the night, in the church; subsequently, these vigils were discontinued, and the day itself, often with succeeding days, was occupied in rural pastimes and exercises, attended by eating and drinking.
  • * Ld. Berners
  • Great solemnities were made in all churches, and great fairs and wakes throughout all England.
  • * Drayton
  • And every village smokes at wakes with lusty cheer.
    * death watch
    See also
    * arval, arvel

    Etymology 3

    Probably (etyl), from (etyl) , Icelandic ).


    (en noun)
  • The path left behind a ship on the surface of the water.
  • The turbulent air left behind a flying aircraft.
  • (figuratively) The area behind something, typically a rapidly moving object.
  • * De Quincey
  • This effect followed immediately in the wake of his earliest exertions.
  • * Thackeray
  • Several humbler persons formed quite a procession in the dusty wake of his chariot wheels.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2011
  • , date=September 28 , author=Tom Rostance , title=Arsenal 2 - 1 Olympiakos , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=Alex Song launched a long ball forward from the back and the winger took it down nicely on his chest. He cut across the penalty area from the right and after one of the three defenders in his wake failed to make a meaningful clearance, the Oxlade-Chamberlain was able to dispatch a low left-footed finish into the far corner.}}
    See also
    * in the wake of * wakes

    Etymology 4


    (en noun)
  • A number of vultures assembled together.
  • See also
    * flock



    (wikipedia way)

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) wei, wai, weighe, from (etyl) .

    Alternative forms

    * waye (obsolete)


    (en noun)
  • (lb) To do with a place or places.
  • #A road, a direction, a (physical or conceptual) path from one place to another.
  • #:
  • #*(John Milton) (1608-1674)
  • #*:The way seems difficult, and steep to scale.
  • #*(John Evelyn) (1620-1706)
  • #*:The season and ways were very improper for his majesty's forces to march so great a distance.
  • #*
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=4 , passage=Judge Short had gone to town, and Farrar was off for a three days' cruise up the lake. I was bitterly regretting I had not gone with him when the distant notes of a coach horn reached my ear, and I descried a four-in-hand winding its way up the inn road from the direction of Mohair.}}
  • #*, chapter=4
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=I was on my way to the door, but all at once, through the fog in my head, I began to sight one reef that I hadn't paid any attention to afore.}}
  • #*{{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-22, volume=407, issue=8841, page=76, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Snakes and ladders , passage=Risk is everywhere.
  • #A means to enter or leave a place.
  • #:
  • #*{{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=14 citation , passage=Just under the ceiling there were three lunette windows, heavily barred and blacked out in the normal way by centuries of grime. Their bases were on a level with the pavement outside, a narrow way which was several feet lower than the road behind the house.}}
  • #A roughly-defined geographical area.
  • #:
  • A method or manner of doing something; a mannerism.
  • :
  • *{{quote-book, year=1913, author=
  • , chapter=4, title= Lord Stranleigh Abroad , passage=“[…] That woman is stark mad, Lord Stranleigh.
  • *
  • , chapter=2, title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=She was a fat, round little woman, richly apparelled in velvet and lace, […]; and the way' she laughed, cackling like a hen, the ' way she talked to the waiters and the maid,
  • *{{quote-book, year=1959, author=(Georgette Heyer), title=(The Unknown Ajax), chapter=1
  • , passage=
  • *{{quote-magazine, title=A better waterworks, date=2013-06-01, volume=407, issue=8838
  • , page=5 (Technology Quarterly), magazine=(The Economist) citation , passage=An artificial kidney these days still means a refrigerator-sized dialysis machine. Such devices mimic the way real kidneys cleanse blood and eject impurities and surplus water as urine.}}
  • (lb) Personal interaction.
  • #Possibility (usually in the phrases 'any way' and 'no way').
  • #:
  • #Determined course; resolved mode of action or conduct.
  • #:
  • (lb) A tradition within the modern pagan faith of Heathenry, dedication to a specific deity or craft, Way of wyrd, Way of runes, Way of Thor etc.
  • (lb) Speed, progress, momentum.
  • *1977 , (w, Richard O'Kane), Clear the Bridge: The War Patrols of the U.S.S. Tang , Ballantine Books (2003), p.343:
  • *:Ten minutes into the run Tang slowed, Welch calling out her speed as she lost way .
  • A degree, an amount, a sense.
  • :
  • *, chapter=8
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=That concertina was a wonder in its way . The handles that was on it first was wore out long ago, and he'd made new ones of braided rope yarn. And the bellows was patched in more places than a cranberry picker's overalls.}}
  • (lb)
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  • Quotations
    * (path or direction) "Do you know the way to San Jose?" [ : "It's a long way to Tipperary, / it's a long way to go." [It’s a Long Way to Tipperary , a marching and music hall song by Jack Judge and Henry "Harry" James Williams, popularized especially by British troops in World War One] * (a tradition within Heathenry) To walk the Way of the Runes, you must experience the runes as they manifest both in the part of Midgard that lies outside yourself and the worlds within. (Diana Paxson)
    * See also
    Derived terms
    * by way of * by the way * change one's ways * come one's way * either way * every which way * give way * go all the way * go out of one's way * have it both ways * in a way * in the way * in the way of * have a way with * have one's way * have one's wicked way * know one's way around * lose one's way * no way * no way to treat a lady * on the way * one way or another * right of way * runway * slipway * taxiway * the way things are * the way to a man's heart is through his stomach * wayfinding * way in * way of all flesh * Way of the Cross * way of the world / ways of the world * way of life * way off * way out * waybill * way to go


    (en interjection)
  • It is true.
  • *
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • (obsolete) To travel.
  • * 1596 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , IV.ii:
  • on a time as they together way'd , / He made him open chalenge [...].



    Etymology 2

    Apheresis of (m).

    Alternative forms

    * (dated)


  • (informal, with comparative or modified adjective) Much.
  • I'm way too tired to do that.
    I'm a way better singer than she.
  • * 2006 , , Volume 32, Issues 1-6, page 132,
  • It turns out that's way more gain than you need for a keyboard, but you don't have to use all of it to benefit from the sonic characteristics.
  • (slang, with positive adjective) Very.
  • I'm way tired
    String theory is way cool, except for the math.
  • * 2005 , Erika V. Shearin Karres, Crushes, Flirts, & Friends: A Real Girl's Guide to Boy Smarts , page 16,
  • With all the way cool boys out there, what if you don't recognize them because you don't know what to look for? Or, what if you have a chance to pick a perfect Prince and you end up with a yucky Frog instead?
  • (informal) Far.
  • I used to live way over there.
    The farmhouse is way down the bottom of the hill.
    * (much) far, much, loads * (very) so, very

    Etymology 3

    From the sound it represents, by analogy with other velar letters such as kay'' and ''gay .


    (en noun)
  • The name of the letter for the w sound in Pitman shorthand.