Definition of Yawn in English :

Define Yawn in English

Yawn meaning in English

Meaning of Yawn in English

Pronunciation of Yawn in English

Yawn pronunciation in English

Pronounce Yawn in English


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1. oscitance, oscitancy, yawn, yawning

an involuntary intake of breath through a wide open mouth; usually triggered by fatigue or boredom

Example Sentences:
'he could not suppress a yawn'
'the yawning in the audience told him it was time to stop'
'he apologized for his oscitancy'


2. yawn

utter a yawn, as from lack of oxygen or when one is tired

Example Sentences:
'The child yawned during the long performance'

3. gape, yaw, yawn

be wide open

Example Sentences:
'the deep gaping canyon'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of yawn
1. (intransitive)
to open the mouth wide and take in air deeply, often as in involuntary reaction to tiredness, sleepiness, or boredom
2. (transitive)
to express or utter while yawning
3. (intransitive)
to be open wide as if threatening to engulf (someone or something)
the mine shaft yawned below
the act or an instance of yawning

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verb intransitive
to open the mouth wide, esp. involuntarily, and breathe in deeply, as a result of fatigue, drowsiness, or boredom
to be or become wide open; gape
a yawning chasm
verb transitive
to express or utter with a yawn
an act of yawning or opening wide
a wide opening; chasm

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of yawn
v. yawned, yawn·ing, yawns
1. To open the mouth wide with a deep inhalation, usually involuntarily from drowsiness, fatigue, or boredom.
2. To open wide; gape: The chasm yawned at our feet.
To utter wearily, as while yawning: yawned his disapproval of the silly venture.
1. The act of yawning.
2. Informal One that provokes yawns; a bore: The movie was nothing more than one big yawn.

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