What does yawning mean?

Definitions for yawning

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Princeton's WordNet

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

    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. yawning(adj)

    gaping open as if threatening to engulf someone or something

    "the yawning mine shaft"; "a yawning abyss"

  3. yawning(adj)

    with the mouth wide open indicating boredom or sleepiness

    "a yawning congregation"

  4. drowsy, oscitant, yawning(a)(adj)

    showing lack of attention or boredom

    "the yawning congregation"


  1. yawning(Noun)

    The action of the verb yawn.

  2. yawning(Adjective)

    That yawns or yawn.

    yawning commuters

  3. yawning(Adjective)

    Wide open.

    a yawning chasm

Webster Dictionary

  1. Yawning

    of Yawn


  1. Yawning

    The yawning, Poromitra oscitans, is a fish of the family Melamphaidae, found in tropical and subtropical waters of the indo-Pacific region.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Yawning

    An involuntary deep INHALATION with the MOUTH open, often accompanied by the act of stretching.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of yawning in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of yawning in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Marcus Aurelius Antoninus:

    Deem not life a thing of consequence. For look at the yawning void of the future, and at that other limitless space, the past.

  2. Donald Trump:

    I have to keep you people entertained and awake, have you seen Hillary Clinton using a teleprompter …. People starting yawning. It’s a disaster.

  3. Joe Robinson:

    It’s like when you’re hanging out with somebody and that person starts yawning — within a couple seconds you’re doing the same thing, mirror neurons are there because they’re a bonding tool. They’re supposed to help bring us together. But in the case of stress, well, they cause problems.

Images & Illustrations of yawning

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