What does gape mean?

Definitions for gapegeɪp, gæp

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word gape.

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"


  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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gape

    gāp, v.i. to open the mouth wide: to yawn: to stare with open mouth: to be open, like a gap.—n. act of gaping: width of the mouth when opened.—ns. Gap′er; Gapes, a disease of birds, owing to the presence of trematode worms in the windpipe, shown by their uneasy gaping.—adj. Gap′ing, with mouth open in admiration.—adv. Gap′ingly. [Ice. gapa, to open the mouth; Ger. gaffen, to stare.]

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  1. page, Page

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gape in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gape in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Karl Kraus:

    It is the style of idealism to console itself for the loss of something old with the ability to gape at something new.

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