Definitions for gapegeɪp, gæp

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

gapegeɪp, gæp(v.; n.)gaped, gap•ing

  1. (v.i.)to stare with open mouth, as in wonder.

  2. to open the mouth wide involuntarily as the result of hunger, sleepiness, or absorbed attention.

  3. to split or become open wide.

  4. (n.)a wide opening; breach.

  5. an act or instance of gaping.

  6. a stare, as in astonishment or with the mouth wide open.

  7. a yawn.

  8. Zool. the width of the open mouth.

Origin of gape:

1175–1225; < ON gapa to open the mouth wide; cf. G gaffen

Princeton's WordNet

  1. gape(noun)

    an expression of openmouthed astonishment

  2. gape(verb)

    a stare of amazement (usually with the mouth open)

  3. goggle, gape, gawp, gawk(verb)

    look with amazement; look stupidly

  4. gape, yawn, yaw(verb)

    be wide open

    "the deep gaping canyon"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. gape(verb)ɪp, gæp

    to stare with your mouth open

    a crowd gaping at the giant screen


  1. gape(Noun)

    A large opening.

  2. gape(Noun)

    A disease in poultry caused by gapeworm in the windpipe, a symptom of which is frequent gaping.

  3. gape(Noun)

    The width of the mouth (of a bird, fish, etc.) when it is open.

  4. gape(Verb)

    To open the mouth wide, especially involuntarily, as in a yawn, hunger, or surprise.

  5. gape(Verb)

    To stare in wonder.

  6. gape(Verb)

    To open wide; to display a gap.

  7. Origin: From gapen, from gapa (cf. Swedish gapa, Danish gabe), from gapōnan (cf. Middle English geapen, Dutch gapen, German gaffen), perhaps from ghēp-.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gape(verb)

    to open the mouth wide

  2. Gape(verb)

    expressing a desire for food; as, young birds gape

  3. Gape(verb)

    indicating sleepiness or indifference; to yawn

  4. Gape(verb)

    to pen or part widely; to exhibit a gap, fissure, or hiatus

  5. Gape(verb)

    to long, wait eagerly, or cry aloud for something; -- with for, after, or at

  6. Gape(noun)

    the act of gaping; a yawn

  7. Gape(noun)

    the width of the mouth when opened, as of birds, fishes, etc

Anagrams of gape

  1. page, Page

  2. Page

Translations for gape

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to stare with open mouth, eg in surprise

The children gaped at the monkeys.

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