Spiritual and intellectual enlightenment, like waking up from a deep sleep and seeing things clearly for the first time.
I never knew what really mattered in life. Now I'm woke.
by JTWoke January 7, 2018
Umbrella term for individuals who are engrossed by social justice and thinks of themselves as saviors with a moral high ground, but remain willfully ignorant to the irrationality of their claims and the problems they create. These individuals give special treatment to certain minorities in hopes of ending racism and perpetuate mental illnesses as the norm.
My son's woke kindergarten teacher taught him that he's actually a girl because he played with dolls.
by sealcake May 27, 2022
Although an incorrect tense of awake, a reference to how people should be aware in current affairs.
"While you are obessing with the Kardashians, there are millions of homeless in the world. STAY WOKE"
by Lolak September 1, 2015
Getting woke is like being in the Matrix and taking the red pill. You get a sudden understanding of what's really going on and find out you were wrong about much of what you understood to be truth.
I understand the extra burden it puts on you but I still feel everyone needs to get woke.
by MathPolice January 26, 2017
(adj) being aware of current social issues. the words meaning comes from being the past tense of wake (I need to wake up/I just woke up). The phrase "Wake up!" used in politics, means that the interpreter is asleep or unaware about the reality of things. Woke, therefore, means that you are "awake" to the reality of certain issues. However, the word is associated with political correctness, cancel culture, and left leaning bias. It is politically correct to be woke, and if you are woke, you are politically correct. The words meaning is often described as being "enlightened", but enlightenment means being well informed, and being woke is often not being well informed, but being biased, and being ill informed because facts are hard to find in current events because things can be taken out of context easily and media sources can be biased.
I talked to jimmy today, he is so woke!
Did you see what happened to Laura? She got bashed on twitter because she wasn't woke enough.
by Benito Macaroni December 1, 2020
A label for someone who's uber-current, especially on socio/political issues. This is still new enough jargon that it's being used both positively and negatively. Some seem to openly admire those who are "Woke", some are using it to brand someone whose become pompous with their arsenal of in-the-know names, trends and jargon - especially acronyms.
Positively: All those DC staffers are too woke for me, I can't keep up.
Negatively: After her summer internship at Time, Mary became too woke to tolerate with all her in-the-know tediousness.
by Sam JuaS February 26, 2019
I believe it is an evolving word that dances about on its slang usages, and has somewhat different nuanced meanings depending on the context.

From the running social zeitgeist, it would described it as modern hipsters referring to a person being described has been enlightened or having just discovered some politically Progressive 'truth' about society or the oppression and class status of marginalized people, and the obligation to treat them as extra-special/revered in society.

And understand that it is almost always used non-ironically/seriously only by political Progressives, so when Conservatives or Libertarians use it it mostly to poke fun at the others' usage of it.
After having taking classes in Minority Studies, and seen the hidden oppressions of African American, he became woke to the seriousness of their plight, and dedicated himself to be aware of it and understand they live in a different world than White people.
by GTrieste March 12, 2018