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gape

play
verb \ˈgāp sometimes ˈgap\

Simple Definition of gape

  • : to open widely

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

Full Definition of gape

gapedgap·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to open the mouth wide b :  to open or part widely <holes gaped in the pavement>

  3. 2 :  to gaze stupidly or in openmouthed surprise or wonder

  4. 3 :  yawn

gap·ing·ly play \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


2

gape

noun

Definition of gape

  1. 1 :  an act of gaping: a :  yawn b :  an openmouthed stare

  2. 2 :  an unfilled space or extent

  3. 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. 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.>



1535

First Known Use of gape

1535

Rhymes with gape



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