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Meaning of YAWN

Pronunciation:  yon

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an involuntary intake of breath through a wide open mouth; usually triggered by fatigue or boredom; "he could not suppress a yawn"; "the yawning in the audience told him it was time to stop"; "he apologized for his ostinancy"
  2. [v]  utter a yawn; as from lack of oxygen or when one is tired
  3. [v]  be wide open

YAWN is a 4 letter word that starts with Y.


 Synonyms: gape, oscitance, oscitancy, yaw, yawning
 See Also: be, breathe, inborn reflex, innate reflex, instinctive reflex, pandiculation, physiological reaction, reflex, respire, suspire, take a breath, unconditioned reflex



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Yawn\ (y[add]n), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Yawned}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Yawning}.] [OE. yanien, [yogh]anien, ganien, gonien,
    AS. g[=a]nian; akin to ginian to yawn, g[=i]nan to yawn, open
    wide, G. g["a]hnen to yawn, OHG. gin[=e]n, gein[=o]n, Icel.
    g[=i]na to yawn, gin the mouth, OSlav. zijati to yawn, L.
    hiare to gape, yawn; and perhaps to E. begin, cf. Gr. cheia`
    a hole. [root]47b. Cf. Begin, Gin to begin, {Hiatus}.]
    1. To open the mouth involuntarily through drowsiness,
       dullness, or fatigue; to gape; to oscitate. ``The lazy,
       yawning drone.'' --Shak.
             And while above he spends his breath, The yawning
             audience nod beneath.                 --Trumbull.
    2. To open wide; to gape, as if to allow the entrance or exit
       of anything.
             't is now the very witching time of night, When
             churchyards yawn.                     --Shak.
    3. To open the mouth, or to gape, through surprise or
       bewilderment. --Shak.
    4. To be eager; to desire to swallow anything; to express
       desire by yawning; as, to yawn for fat livings. ``One
       long, yawning gaze.'' --Landor.
  2. \Yawn\, n.
    1. An involuntary act, excited by drowsiness, etc.,
       consisting of a deep and long inspiration following
       several successive attempts at inspiration, the mouth,
       fauces, etc., being wide open.
             One person yawning in company will produce a
             spontaneous yawn in all present.      --N. Chipman.
    2. The act of opening wide, or of gaping. --Addison.
    3. A chasm, mouth, or passageway. [R.]
             Now gape the graves, and trough their yawns let
             loose Imprisoned spirits.             --Marston.