American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having the mouth open.
- adj. Gaping in astonishment or wonder.
- adj. Loudly insistent.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the mouth open. Gaping, as with astonishment.
- Clamorous; vociferous.
- Greedy; ravenous; clamoring at the sight of game or prey.
- adj. obsolete Talkative, speaking freely.
- adj. With the mouth open.
- adj. Gaping in surprise, wonder or astonishment.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Having the mouth open; gaping; hence, greedy; clamorous.
- adj. with eyes or mouth open in surprise
“At the end of it all, I realised I had never truly understood the expression open-mouthed until then.”
“Startled, we both stood open-mouthed in the road, unsure of what to say.”
“The only missing Fordian set piece is his famous leap from an explosion with one hand in front of his face and his familiar open-mouthed rictus.”
“Another highlight will be a royal 19th-century statue of an open-mouthed lion, with big teeth, made of silver, gold and brass that comes from the Fon people of Benin estimate: €200,000-€300,000.”
“This leaves even a fan like me slightly open-mouthed with respect.”
“Others were just watching on from their homes open-mouthed in horror.”
“Mary McAleese, the Irish president, who was sitting beside the Queen, turned to others at the table open-mouthed, exclaiming "wow".”
“All the Marilyns were based on a single, cropped, open-mouthed, glossily-lipsticked ad vivum publicity photograph, but straight away Andy began the process of boiling down the image still further.”
“But what's been evident for two years now, from blanket denials of wider wrong-doing before Commons committees to the open-mouthed stupefaction as stones have finally been turned over, is that the effect has been flat-on-your-back.”
“Some of the finest journalists in the country – Ian Jack, Don Berry, Claire Tomalin, David Blundy – sat open-mouthed with the shock.”
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