Definitions for YAWNyɔn
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
to open the mouth somewhat involuntarily with a prolonged, deep inhalation and sighing or heavy exhalation, as from drowsiness or boredom.
to extend or stretch wide, as an open and deep space.
(v.t.)to say with a yawn.
(n.)an act or instance of yawning.
a deep, open space; chasm.
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
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"
utter a yawn, as from lack of oxygen or when one is tired
"The child yawned during the long performance"
gape, yawn, yaw(verb)
be wide open
"the deep gaping canyon"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
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.
The action of yawning; opening the mouth widely and taking a long, rather deep breath, often because one is tired.
A particularly boring event.
The slideshow we sat through was such a yawn, I was so glad when it finally finished.
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.
To present an opening that appears able to swallow one up, literally or metaphorically:
to open the mouth involuntarily through drowsiness, dullness, or fatigue; to gape; to oscitate
to open wide; to gape, as if to allow the entrance or exit of anything
to open the mouth, or to gape, through surprise or bewilderment
to be eager; to desire to swallow anything; to express desire by yawning; as, to yawn for fat livings
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
the act of opening wide, or of gaping
a chasm, mouth, or passageway
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-.
Translations for YAWN
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
an act of yawning
a yawn of boredom.
- bocejoPortuguese (BR)
- das GähnenGerman
- perbuatan menguapIndonesian
- žāvas; žāvāšanāsLatvian
- ارږمۍ، باسۍ، خولوازيPashto
- 呵欠Chinese (Trad.)
- позіхи, позіханняUkrainian
- sự ngápVietnamese
- 呵欠Chinese (Simp.)
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