Definition of Yawn

1. Noun. An involuntary intake of breath through a wide open mouth; usually triggered by fatigue or boredom. "He apologized for his oscitancy"




2. Verb. Utter a yawn, as from lack of oxygen or when one is tired. "The child yawned during the long performance"
Generic synonyms: Breathe, Respire, Suspire, Take A Breath
Derivative terms: Yawner, Yawning

3. Verb. Be wide open. "The deep gaping canyon"
Exact synonyms: Gape, Yaw
Generic synonyms: Be

Definition of Yawn

1. v. i. To open the mouth involuntarily through drowsiness, dullness, or fatigue; to gape; to oscitate.

2. n. An involuntary act, excited by drowsiness, etc., consisting of a deep and long inspiration following several successive attempts at inspiration, the mouth, fauces, etc., being wide open.

3. v. i. To open the mouth involuntarily through drowsiness, dullness, or fatigue; to gape; to oscitate.

4. n. An involuntary act, excited by drowsiness, etc., consisting of a deep and long inspiration following several successive attempts at inspiration, the mouth, fauces, etc., being wide open.

Definition of Yawn

1. Verb. To open the mouth widely and take a long, rather deep breath, often because one is tired and sometimes accompanied by pandiculation. ¹

2. Verb. To present an opening that appears able to swallow one up, literally or metaphorically: ¹

3. Noun. The action of yawning; opening the mouth widely and taking a long, rather deep breath, often because one is tired. ¹

4. Noun. A particularly boring event. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Yawn

1. to open the mouth wide with a deep inhalation of air [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Yawn

1. 1. To open the mouth involuntarily through drowsiness, dullness, or fatigue; to gape; to oscitate. "The lazy, yawning drone." "And while above he spends his breath, The yawning audience nod beneath." (Trumbull) 2. To open wide; to gape, as if to allow the entrance or exit of anything. "'t is now the very witching time of night, When churchyards yawn." (Shak) 3. To open the mouth, or to gape, through surprise or bewilderment. 4. To be eager; to desire to swallow anything; to express desire by yawning; as, to yawn for fat livings. "One long, yawning gaze." Origin: OE. Yanien, yanien, ganien, gonien, AS. Ganian; akin to ginian to yawn, ginan to yawn, open wide, G. Gahnen to yawn, OHG. Ginen, geinon, Icel. Gina to yawn, gin the mouth, OSlav. Zijati to yawn, L. Hiare to gape, yawn; and perhaps to E. Begin, cf. Gr. Cheia a hole. B. Cf. Begin, Gin to begin, Hiatus. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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