American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To open the mouth wide with a deep inhalation, usually involuntarily from drowsiness, fatigue, or boredom.
- v. To open wide; gape: The chasm yawned at our feet.
- v. To utter wearily, while or as if while yawning: yawned his disapproval of the silly venture.
- n. The act of yawning.
- n. A fatigued or bored response.
- n. Informal One that provokes yawns; a bore: The movie was nothing more than one big yawn.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To gape; open; stand wide.
- To open the mouth wide. Voluntarily.
- Involuntarily, as through drowsiness or dullness; gape; oscitate. Compare yawning.
- To gape, as in hunger or thirst for something; hence, to be eager; long.
- To be open-mouthed with surprise, bewilderment, etc.; be agape.
- To open; form by opening.
- To express or utter with a yawn.
- n. The act of gaping or opening wide.
- n. An involuntary opening of the mouth from drowsiness; oscitation. See yawning.
- n. An opening; a chasm.
- v. To open the mouth widely and take a long, rather deep breath, often because one is tired and sometimes accompanied by pandiculation.
- v. To present an opening that appears able to swallow one up, literally or metaphorically:
- n. The action of yawning; opening the mouth widely and taking a long, rather deep breath, often because one is tired.
- n. A particularly boring event.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To open the mouth involuntarily through drowsiness, dullness, or fatigue; to gape; to oscitate.
- v. To open wide; to gape, as if to allow the entrance or exit of anything.
- v. To open the mouth, or to gape, through surprise or bewilderment.
- v. To be eager; to desire to swallow anything; to express desire by yawning.
- n. 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.
- n. The act of opening wide, or of gaping.
- n. rare A chasm, mouth, or passageway.
- v. utter a yawn, as from lack of oxygen or when one is tired
- v. be wide open
- n. an involuntary intake of breath through a wide open mouth; usually triggered by fatigue or boredom
- (1) Partly from Middle English yanen ‘to yawn’, from Old English ġānian, from Proto-Germanic *ganōnan (cf. North Frisian jåne, German gähnen, Swedish dialect gana ‘to gape, gawk’), denominative of *ganaz (cf. Swedish gan ‘gullet, maw’); (2) and partly from Middle English yenen, yonen ‘to yawn’, from Old English ġinian, ġionian, frequentative of ġīnan, from Proto-Germanic *gīnanan (compare Norwegian gina ‘to gape’), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰih₁-neh₂ (compare Russian зинуть (zínutʹ), Greek χαίνω (chaínō)); (3) both from *ǵʰeh₂u- ‘to yawn, gape’ (compare Dutch geeuwen, Latin hiō, Tocharian A śew, Tocharian B kāyā, Lithuanian žióti, Russian зиять (zijátʹ), Sanskrit vijihite). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English yanen, alteration of yonen, yenen, from Old English geonian. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Yet the meeting has elicited only a collective yawn from the US and even European press despite its agenda is to replace the global dollar standard with a new financial and military defense system.”
“As far as her continuing her fight to win ... yawn!”
“You'd think that type of fiscal irresponsibility would be subject to investigative reporting, but it was greeted with a big yawn from the local media.”
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“I know the MSM’s collective yawn is kind of a letdown.”
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