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Meaning of GAPE

Pronunciation:  geyp

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  a stare of amazement (usually with the mouth open)
  2. [n]  an expression of open-mouthed astonishment
  3. [v]  look with amazement; look stupidly
  4. [v]  be wide open
 

GAPE is a 4 letter word that starts with G.

 

 Synonyms: gawk, gawp, goggle, yaw, yawn
 
 See Also: be, facial expression, facial gesture, look, rictus, stare

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Gape\ (?; in Eng, commonly ?; 277), v. i. [imp. & p. p.
    {Gaped} (? or ?); p. pr. & vb. n. {Gaping}] [OE. gapen, AS.
    geapan to open; akin to D. gapen to gape, G. gaffen, Icel. &
    Sw. gapa, Dan. gabe; cf. Skr. jabh to snap at, open the
    mouth. Cf. {Gaby}, {Gap}.]
    1. To open the mouth wide; as:
       (a) Expressing a desire for food; as, young birds gape.
           --Dryden.
       (b) Indicating sleepiness or indifference; to yawn.
    
                 She stretches, gapes, unglues her eyes, And asks
                 if it be time to rise.            --Swift.
       (c) Showing self-forgetfulness in surprise, astonishment,
           expectation, etc.
    
                 With gaping wonderment had stared aghast.
                                                   --Byron.
       (d) Manifesting a desire to injure, devour, or overcome.
    
                 They have gaped upon me with their mouth. --Job
                                                   xvi. 10.
    
    2. To pen or part widely; to exhibit a gap, fissure, or
       hiatus.
    
             May that ground gape and swallow me alive! --Shak.
    
    3. To long, wait eagerly, or cry aloud for something; -- with
       for, after, or at.
    
             The hungry grave for her due tribute gapes.
                                                   --Denham.
    
    Syn: To gaze; stare; yawn. See {Gaze}.
    
    
  2. \Gape\, n.
    1. The act of gaping; a yawn. --Addison.
    
    2. (Zo["o]l.) The width of the mouth when opened, as of
       birds, fishes, etc.
    
    
 
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