Synonyms for alert
- all ears
- fast on the draw
- good hands
- heads up
- on guard
- on one's toes
- on the ball
- on the job
- on the lookout
- on the qui vive
- psyched up
- switched on
- with it
Antonyms for alert
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ALERT
The strong man must at all times be alert to the attack of insidious disease.
And accordingly, when he wakened in the middle of the night, he was alert on the instant.
Instantly, he was all alert to meet the exigencies of the situation.
He moved with alert assurance, lithely balanced on the balls of his feet, noiselessly.
With narrow, alert eyes, Linda was watching, and her brain was keenly alive.
Then she sat down in the corner of the sofa, exhausted but alert.
Let us hope that the authorities of Toulon were equally on the alert.
The reports of the rifles and cannon kept every one alert and watchful.
He knew that he must be calm, but alert and quick with the right answer.
Everything seemed so reasonable, that all were prompt and alert to serve him.
"on the watch," 1590s, from French alerte "vigilant" (17c.), from phrase à l'erte "on the watch," from Italian all'erta "to the height," from erta "lookout, high tower," noun use of fem. of erto, past participle of ergere "raise up," from Latin erigere "raise" (see erect). The adjective is attested from 1610s, the noun from 1803, and the verb from 1868. Related: Alerted; alerting.
MORE RELATED WORDS FOR ALERT
- on the move