Meaning of woke in English:


Pronunciation /wəʊk/

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past of wake

adjectiveadjective woker, adjective wokest

  • Alert to injustice and discrimination in society, especially racism.

    • ‘we need to stay angry, and stay woke’
    • ‘does being woke mean I have to agree with what all other woke folks say should be done about issues in the black community?’
    • ‘the West Coast has the wokest dudes’
    • ‘Woke black girls are the microcosm who are advocating for the majority, taking a stand on issues that are impacting our community.’
    • ‘That disappointment when you thought he was woke, but his homophobia, misogyny and racism starts to show.’
    • ‘Engaging in conversations with woke folks always teaches me a thing or two about social justice and equality, and sometimes I’ll walk away with a good book recommendation too.’
    • ‘That woke guy uses his celebrity influence to raise awareness around injustice and inequality.’
    • ‘Jesse’s so woke that he candidly addresses his light-skinned, blue-eyed privilege.’
    • ‘Those who are woke must engage themselves in ways that actively challenge the world we live in.’
    • ‘Stay woke, stay vigilant and stay engaged.’
    • ‘One needn’t look far for proof of her woke credibility—she has long been a vocal feminist and supporter of LGBTQ rights, among other things.’
    • ‘The magazine honored 100 woke women in their May issue.’
    • ‘I stress the urgent need to get woke, stay woke and better the state of black lives.’
    revolutionary, progressive, reforming, reformist, progressivist, revisionist


    1960s originally in African American usage.