from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To open the mouth wide; yawn.
- intransitive v. To stare wonderingly or stupidly, often with the mouth open. See Synonyms at gaze.
- intransitive v. To open wide: The curtains gaped when the wind blew.
- n. The act or an instance of gaping.
- n. A large opening.
- n. Zoology The width of the space between the open jaws or mandibles of a vertebrate.
- n. A disease of birds, especially young domesticated chickens and turkeys, caused by gapeworms and resulting in obstructed breathing.
- n. A fit of yawning.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To open the mouth wide, especially involuntarily, as in a yawn, anger, or surprise.
- v. To stare in wonder.
- v. To open wide; to display a gap.
- n. An act of gaping; a yawn.
- n. A large opening.
- n. A disease in poultry caused by gapeworm in the windpipe, a symptom of which is frequent gaping.
- n. The width of the mouth (of a bird, fish, etc.) when it is open.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To open the mouth wide.
- intransitive v. Expressing a desire for food.
- intransitive v. Indicating sleepiness or indifference; to yawn.
- intransitive v. Showing unselfconsciousness in surprise, astonishment, expectation, etc.
- intransitive v. Manifesting a desire to injure, devour, or overcome.
- intransitive v. To open or part widely; to exhibit a gap, fissure, or hiatus.
- intransitive v. To long, wait eagerly, or cry aloud for something; -- with for, after, or at.
- n. The act of gaping; a yawn.
- n. The width of the mouth when opened, as of birds, fishes, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To open the mouth involuntarily or as the result of weariness, sleepiness, or absorbed attention; yawn.
- According to the inducing cause of the gaping, the verb, without losing its literal meaning, usually takes on an additional specific sense.
- To yawn from sleepiness, weariness, or dullness.
- To open the mouth for food, as young birds.
- Hence — To open the mouth in eager expectation; expect, await, or hope for, with the intent to receive or devour. See phrases below.
- To stand with open mouth in wonder, astonishment, or admiration; stand and gaze; stare. See phrases below, and gaping.
- To open as a gap, fissure, or chasm; split open; become fissured; show a fissure.
- To stand in eager expectation of; covet; desire; long for.
- To covet, desire; long for.
- Synonyms Gaze, etc. See stare.
- n. The act of gaping.
- n. A fit of yawning: commonly in the plural.
- n. In zoology:
- n. The width of the mouth when opened; the interval between the upper and under mandibles; the rictus, or commissural line. See first cut under bill.
- n. The gap or interval between the valves of a bivalve mollusk where the edges of the valves do not fit together when the shell is shut. See gaper, 4.
- n. plural A disease of young poultry, caused by the presence of a nematoid worm or strongyle (Syngamus trachealis) in the windpipe, attended by frequent gaping as a symptom.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. look with amazement; look stupidly
- v. be wide open
- n. a stare of amazement (usually with the mouth open)
- n. an expression of openmouthed astonishment
Middle English gapen, from Old Norse gapa.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English gapen, from Old Norse gapa ("to gape") (compare Swedish gapa, Danish gabe), from Proto-Germanic *gapōnan (descendants Middle English geapen, Dutch gapen, German gaffen), perhaps from Proto-Indo-European *ghēp-. (Wiktionary)