- To open the mouth widely and take a long, rather deep breath, often because one is tired and sometimes accompanied by pandiculation.
- To present an opening that appears able to swallow one up, literally or metaphorically:
- The canyon yawns as it has done for millions of years, and we stand looking, dumbstruck.
- Death yawned before us, and I hit the brakes.
NounYawn (plural Yawns)
- The action of yawning; opening the mouth widely and taking a long, rather deep breath, often because one is tired.
Adjectives for Yawn
smothered; suppressed; slight; prodigious; prolonged; imitative.
Verbs for Yawn
camouflage—; choke back—; conceal—; gag —; interpret—; muzzle—; restrain—; smother—; stifle—; suppress—; veil—; — betrays; —implies; —indicates; —insults; —masks; —silences; —widens.
Adverbs for Yawn
ferociously; prodigiously; drowsily; audibly; lazily; dreamily; surreptitiously; furtively; secretly; imitatively.
aperture, boredom, broaching, cavity, chasm, check, clearing, cleft, crack, dehisce, dehiscence, disclosure, doldrums, doze, drowse, ennui, fenestra, fistula, fontanel, foramen, gap, gape, gaping, gat, gulf, hang open, hiatus, hole, hollow, inlet, interval, lacuna, laying open, leak, nap, opening, opening up, orifice, oscitancy, oscitate, oscitation, outlet, pandiculation, passageway, pore, slot, snooze, space, split, stoma, the gapes, throwing open, uncorking, unstopping, yaw, yawning
- Rhymes: -ɔːn
- (US) enPR: yôn, IPA: /jɔn/, SAMPA: /jOn/
- (cot–caught merger) enPR: yän, IPA: /jɑn/, SAMPA: /jAn/
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(1) Partly from late Middle English yanen, from Old English ġānian (“to yawn, gape”), from Proto-Germanic *ganōnan (cf. East Frisian gaanje, Old Norse gana 'to rush, glare'), denominative of *ganaz (cf. Old Norse gan 'frenzy, frantic gestures'); (2) and partly from Middle English yenen, yonen 'to yawn', from Old English ġinian, gionian, geonian, frequentative of ġīnan, from Proto-Germanic *gīnanan (compare Old Norse gína), from Proto-Indo-European *g̑ʰih₁-nehₐ (compare Russian зинуть (zínut’), Ancient Greek χαίνω (chaínō)); (3) both from *g̑ʰehₐu- 'to yawn, gape' (compare Dutch geeuwen, Latin hiō, Tocharian A śew, B kāyā, Lithuanian žióti, Czech zivati, Sanskrit vijihite).