I am making a decorative chalkboard for my daughter's birthday.

I plan to list the things she can do:

  • Swim like a fish
  • Jump like a frog
  • Climb like a monkey
  • Stay up late like an owl.

I want a single word verb to replace "stay up late" so I can maintain the pattern.

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    It's archaic, but wake like an owl is probably the closest you're going to get. The verb to wake used to describe the state of being awake, not the action of coming awake as we use it now (you still see vestiges of this in the adjectives awake and wakeful, which again both describe the state, not the action). – Anonym Aug 20 '15 at 15:25
  • Another suitable archaism might be the (only ever rare) verb usage for vigil. For which OED has a 1915 citation Two days and two nights has he vigiled — the doctor dozes and blinks. – FumbleFingers Aug 20 '15 at 15:32
  • You could try the word nocturnalise - but don't tell anyone I suggested it. – WS2 Aug 20 '15 at 15:35

It is not a verb word that means what you want, but the idiom night owl is used to denote the inclination to stay up late. So,

Night like an owl.

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    Or perhaps shorter: prowl like an owl. – aparente001 Aug 23 '15 at 4:45

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