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
Mark Lieberman, the CEO of TRA, a media marketing company, notices what he calls the yawn effect.
Yet the meeting has elicited only a collective yawn from the US and even European press despite its agenda is to replace the global dollar standard with a new financial and military defense system.
As far as her continuing her fight to win ... yawn!
You'd think that type of fiscal irresponsibility would be subject to investigative reporting, but it was greeted with a big yawn from the local media.
One person's yawn is another person's chills up and down the spine.
But the word yawn is not found in Love's dictionary, and consequently the unlucky husband was forced to rise from his bed preparatory to going forth to perform deeds of valor in obedience to the commands of his mistress.
But all that's just so "yawn" - and exceedingly naïve, to believe and act as if that's how presidential campaigns in general, and this one in particular, can be won.
Canada Reads chooses a (yawn) winner … (the yawn is for Canada Reads, which is getting a little stale, no?
Plz don’t say “yawn” even the word yawn makes me yawn.
I know the MSM’s collective yawn is kind of a letdown.