from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. One who gapes; a starer.
- n. A fish, taxonomic name Serranus cabrilla.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who gapes.
- n. A European fish. See 4th Comber.
- n. A large edible clam (Schizothærus Nuttalli), of the Pacific coast; -- called also gaper clam.
- n. An East Indian bird of the genus Cymbirhynchus, related to the broadbills.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who gapes, as from sleepiness, drowsiness, or dullness, or in wonder, astonishment, longing desire, or expectation.
- n. In ornithology:
- n. One of the Eurylæmidœ; a broadbill: as, the blue-billed gaper, Cymbirhynchus macrorhynchus. See cut in next column.
- n. plural Fissirostral birds, as swallows and the like: a literal translation of Hiantes, one of the names of the old group Fissirostres.
- n. The Serranus cabrilla, a fish of the family Serranidæ.
- n. A gaping clam; a bivalve mollusk of the family Myidæ, as Mya truncata.
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[V, 1], the word gaper-block (or gapers 'block) -- a traffic jam caused by drivers gaping at an accident -- has been used by policemen reporting on Chicago traffic conditions for at least five years.
The Elysium seas feature a large scavenger called a gaper, whose hinged jaw is easily capable of taking up a person in a single swallow.
The chemist's sign, a large comic head with its mouth wide open (known as the gaper), is also subversive of confidence.
Sure, it might not be a word according to Webster's Dictionary, but you'll find this definition of "gaper" in the Urban Dictionary: "A gaper is a skier or snowboarder who is completely clueless.
The idea is that your own mouth is so gape jawed at the sheer lack of skill a fisherman/skier is showing that they become the "gaper".
The 650-grain bullet hit the steel door two inches below the window frame, blowing a half-inch-size gaper and leaving a smear of burnt steel peeling away from the actual crater.
I, of course, am referring to that lecture you gave with a gaper.
The mudflats are often partially covered by mats of Vaucheria (a green alga), and typically harbor cockles (Clinocardium nuttalli), gaper (Tresus capax), bentnose, and littleneck (Protothaca staminea) clams.
Gaper: Someone who is uncoordinated: "That gaper hit me in the head with his skis."
Synonym: un gobe-mouche (literally "a swallows flies," or "fly swallower," from the image of a gaper standing with his/her mouth wide open -- a sure target for les mouches!)