- Wake play
- Wake Wake, n.
1. The act of waking, or being awaked; also, the state of
being awake. [Obs. or Poetic]
Making such difference 'twixt wake and sleep. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
The wood nymphs, decked with daises trim, Their merry wakes and pastimes keep. --Milton. [1913 Webster]
3. Specifically: (a) (Ch. of Eng.) 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, often to excess. [1913 Webster]
And every village smokes at wakes with lusty cheer. --Drayton. [1913 Webster] (b) The sitting up of persons with a dead body, often attended with a degree of festivity, chiefly among the Irish. ``Blithe as shepherd at a wake.'' --Cowper. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.