One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The action or practice of remaining awake at night, especially in study or †(Scottish) revelry. Now rare.
2Habitual awakening during the night, especially of an infant or young child.
Late 15th century. From night + waking. Compare earlier night-waker.
night waking/ˈnʌɪt ˌweɪkɪŋ/
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