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.
  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • The chemist's sign, a large comic head with its mouth wide open (known as the gaper), is also subversive of confidence.

    A Wanderer in Holland

  • 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.

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  • 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".

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  • 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.

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  • I, of course, am referring to that lecture you gave with a gaper.

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  • 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.

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  • 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!)

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  • A skier who stops to look at the scenery.

    I'm a gaper...

    November 10, 2007