Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Wake (1 syl.).

 Waits.“Waking a Witch.” 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Wake (1 syl.).
To keep vigils. (Anglo-Saxon, wæccan.) A vigil celebrated with junketing and dancing.   1
        “It may, therefore, be permitted them [the Irish] on the dedication day, or other solemn days of martyrs, to make them bowers about the churches, and refresh themselves, feasting together after a good religious sort; killing their oxen now to the praise of God and increase of charity, which they were wont before to sacrifice to the devil.”—Gregory the Great to Melitus [Melitus was an abbot who came over with St. Augustine].

 Waits.“Waking a Witch.” 


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