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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to open the mouth somewhat involuntarily with a prolonged, deep inhalation and sighing or heavy exhalation, as from drowsiness or boredom.

    Category: Physiology

  2. to extend or stretch wide, as an open and deep space.

  3. (v.t.)to say with a yawn.

  4. (n.)an act or instance of yawning.

  5. a deep, open space; chasm.

  6. a bored reaction. something so boring as to make one yawn.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal

    Ref: Also called yawner.

Origin of yawn:

bef. 900; ME yanen, yonen, OE ge(o)nian; akin to OE gānian, ginan, OHG ginōn, ON gīna to yawn, and to chasm , hiatus


Princeton's WordNet

  1. yawn, yawning, oscitance, oscitancy(verb)

    an involuntary intake of breath through a wide open mouth; usually triggered by fatigue or boredom

    "he could not suppress a yawn"; "the yawning in the audience told him it was time to stop"; "he apologized for his oscitancy"

  2. yawn(verb)

    utter a yawn, as from lack of oxygen or when one is tired

    "The child yawned during the long performance"

  3. gape, yawn, yaw(verb)

    be wide open

    "the deep gaping canyon"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. yawn(verb)ɔn

    to breathe in with your mouth wide open because you are tired

    I was so tired, I couldn't stop yawning.; He said goodnight with a yawn.


  1. yawn(Noun)

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

  2. yawn(Noun)

    A particularly boring event.

    The slideshow we sat through was such a yawn, I was so glad when it finally finished.

  3. yawn(Verb)

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

    I could see my students yawning, so I knew the lesson was boring.

  4. yawn(Verb)

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Yawn(verb)

    to open the mouth involuntarily through drowsiness, dullness, or fatigue; to gape; to oscitate

  2. Yawn(verb)

    to open wide; to gape, as if to allow the entrance or exit of anything

  3. Yawn(verb)

    to open the mouth, or to gape, through surprise or bewilderment

  4. Yawn(verb)

    to be eager; to desire to swallow anything; to express desire by yawning; as, to yawn for fat livings

  5. Yawn(noun)

    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

  6. Yawn(noun)

    the act of opening wide, or of gaping

  7. Yawn(noun)

    a chasm, mouth, or passageway


  1. Yawn

    A yawn is a reflex of simultaneous inhalation of air and stretching of the eardrums, followed by exhalation of breath. Pandiculation is the act of yawning and stretching simultaneously. Yawning is commonly associated with tiredness, stress, overwork, lack of stimulation and boredom, though recent studies show it may be linked to the cooling of the brain. In humans, yawning is often triggered by others yawning and is a typical example of positive feedback. This "infectious" yawning has also been observed in chimpanzees and dogs. Yawn comes from Old English 'Ginian' and 'Gionian' meaning to "Open the mouth wide, gape," which in turn comes from the Proto-Germanic base gin-.

Anagrams of YAWN

  1. awny

Translations for YAWN

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an act of yawning

a yawn of boredom.

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