- From Middle English yexen, yixen, yesken, from Old English ġeocsian, ġiscian ("to hiccup"), from Proto-Germanic *giskōnan (“to yawn”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵeys- (“gaping, cracked”). Cognate with Middle Low German gischen ("to sob, sigh"), Middle High German geschen, gischen ("to yawn, gape"). (Wiktionary)
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