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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"


  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

  8. Origin: [OE. yanien, anien, ganien, gonien, AS. gnian; akin to ginian to yawn, gnan to yawn, open wide, G. ghnen to yawn, OHG. ginn, geinn, Icel. gna to yawn, gin the mouth, OSlav. zijati to yawn, L. hiare to gape, yawn; and perhaps to E. begin, cf. Gr. cheia` a hole. 47b. Cf. Begin, Gin to begin, Hiatus.]


  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-.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Yawn

    yawn, v.i. to open the jaws involuntarily from drowsiness: to gape: to gape with astonishment.—n. the opening of the mouth from drowsiness.—adj. Yawn′ing, gaping: opening wide: drowsy.—n. act of opening wide or gaping: a modification of the ordinary movements of respiration, in which the inspiration is deeper than usual, accompanied by a kind of spasmodic contraction of the muscles which depress the lower jaw, and by a great elevation of the ribs and to some degree of the shoulder-blades.—adv. Yawn′ingly. [A.S. gánian, to yawn—gínan, pa.t. gán, to gape widely; Ice. gína, to gape, Gr. chainein, to gape.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of YAWN in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of YAWN in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Gerd de Ley:

    When the silent majority opens its mouth it is usually to yawn.

  2. Lewis Grizzard:

    Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn.

  3. Robin Armstrong:

    The Comey issue is kind of a yawn, i don't think most people really care about it, to be honest with you. I think regular voters just don't care.

  4. Charles Hendrickson Brower:

    A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn it can be stabbed to death by a joke or worried to death by a frown on the right person's brow.

  5. Jack Kerouac, On the Road:

    The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing.

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