from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To open the mouth wide with a deep inhalation, usually involuntarily from drowsiness, fatigue, or boredom.
- intransitive v. To open wide; gape: The chasm yawned at our feet.
- transitive v. To utter wearily, while or as if while yawning: yawned his disapproval of the silly venture.
- n. The act of yawning.
- n. A fatigued or bored response.
- n. Informal One that provokes yawns; a bore: The movie was nothing more than one big yawn.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To open the mouth widely and take a long, rather deep breath, often because one is tired and sometimes accompanied by pandiculation.
- v. To present an opening that appears able to swallow one up, literally or metaphorically:
- n. The action of yawning; opening the mouth widely and taking a long, rather deep breath, often because one is tired.
- n. A particularly boring event.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To open the mouth involuntarily through drowsiness, dullness, or fatigue; to gape; to oscitate.
- intransitive v. To open wide; to gape, as if to allow the entrance or exit of anything.
- intransitive v. To open the mouth, or to gape, through surprise or bewilderment.
- intransitive v. To be eager; to desire to swallow anything; to express desire by yawning.
- n. 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.
- n. The act of opening wide, or of gaping.
- n. A chasm, mouth, or passageway.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To gape; open; stand wide.
- To open the mouth wide.
- Involuntarily, as through drowsiness or dullness; gape; oscitate. Compare yawning.
- To gape, as in hunger or thirst for something; hence, to be eager; long.
- To be open-mouthed with surprise, bewilderment, etc.; be agape.
- To open; form by opening.
- To express or utter with a yawn.
- n. The act of gaping or opening wide.
- n. An involuntary opening of the mouth from drowsiness; oscitation. See yawning.
- n. An opening; a chasm.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. utter a yawn, as from lack of oxygen or when one is tired
- v. be wide open
- n. an involuntary intake of breath through a wide open mouth; usually triggered by fatigue or boredom
Middle English yanen, alteration of yonen, yenen, from Old English geonian.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
(1) Partly from Middle English yanen ‘to yawn’, from Old English ġānian, from Proto-Germanic *ganōnan (cf. North Frisian jåne, German gähnen, Swedish dialect gana ‘to gape, gawk’), denominative of *ganaz (cf. Swedish gan ‘gullet, maw’); (2) and partly from Middle English yenen, yonen ‘to yawn’, from Old English ġinian, ġionian, frequentative of ġīnan, from Proto-Germanic *gīnanan (compare Norwegian gina ‘to gape’), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰih₁-neh₂ (compare Russian зинуть (zínutʹ), Greek χαίνω (chaínō)); (3) both from *ǵʰeh₂u- ‘to yawn, gape’ (compare Dutch geeuwen, Latin hiō, Tocharian A śew, Tocharian B kāyā, Lithuanian žióti, Russian зиять (zijátʹ), Sanskrit vijihite). (Wiktionary)