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1gape

verb \ˈgāp sometimes ˈgap\

: to open widely

: to look at someone or something with your mouth open in surprise or wonder

gapedgap·ing

Full Definition of GAPE

intransitive verb
1
a :  to open the mouth wide
b :  to open or part widely <holes gaped in the pavement>
2
:  to gaze stupidly or in openmouthed surprise or wonder
3
:  yawn
gap·ing·ly \ˈgā-piŋ-lē, ˈga-piŋ-\ adverb

Examples of GAPE

  1. <she suddenly realized she had been gaping at the good-looking waiter instead of giving him her order>

Origin of GAPE

Middle English, from Old Norse gapa; perhaps akin to Latin hiare to gape, yawn — more at yawn
First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with GAPE

2gape

noun

Definition of GAPE

1
:  an act of gaping:
a :  yawn
b :  an openmouthed stare
2
:  an unfilled space or extent
3
a :  the median margin-to-margin length of the open mouth
b :  the line along which the mandibles of a bird close
c :  the width of an opening
4
plural but sing in constr
a :  a disease of birds and especially young birds in which gapeworms invade and irritate the trachea
b :  a fit of yawning

Examples of GAPE

  1. <I told him to stop staring, that his rather stupid gape was annoying.>

First Known Use of GAPE

1535

Related to GAPE

GAPED Defined for Kids

1gape

verb \ˈgāp\
gapedgap·ing

Definition of GAPE for Kids

1
:  to stare with the mouth open in surprise or wonder <… he stood and gaped at her in astonishment … — Astrid Lindgren, Pippi Longstocking>
2
:  to open or part widely <a gaping wound>

2gape

noun

Definition of GAPE for Kids

:  an act or instance of opening or staring with the mouth open <He ignored everyone's stunned gapes.>

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