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1yawn

verb \ˈyn, ˈyän\

: to open your mouth wide while taking in breath usually because you are tired or bored

of an opening, hole, etc. : to be deep, large, etc.

Full Definition of YAWN

intransitive verb
1
:  to open wide :  gape
2
:  to open the mouth wide and take a deep breath usually as an involuntary reaction to fatigue or boredom
transitive verb
1
:  to utter with a yawn
2
:  to accomplish with or impel by yawns <his grandchildren yawned him to bed — L. L. King>
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Examples of YAWN

  1. Students were yawning in class.

Origin of YAWN

Middle English yenen, yanen, from Old English ginian; akin to Old High German ginēn to yawn, Latin hiare, Greek chainein
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with YAWN

2yawn

noun

: an act of opening your mouth wide while taking in breath : an act of yawning

: something that is very boring

Full Definition of YAWN

1
:  gap, cavity
2
:  an opening of the mouth wide while taking a deep breath often as an involuntary reaction to fatigue or boredom; also :  a reaction resembling a yawn <a … success at the box office but drew only yawns from critics — Current Biography>
3
:  5bore <this book is kind of a yawn — Ilene L. Cooper>

Examples of YAWN

  1. I tried to stifle a yawn.
  2. <as neither candidate was willing to make an unequivocal statement about anything, the debate proved to be a complete yawn>

First Known Use of YAWN

1602

Related to YAWN

Synonyms
bore, drip, droner, dullsville, nudnik (also nudnick), snooze, snoozer, drag, yawner
YAWN Defined for Kids

1yawn

verb \ˈyn\
yawnedyawn·ing

Definition of YAWN for Kids

1
:  to open the mouth wide and take a deep breath usually as an involuntary reaction to being tired or bored
2
:  to open wide <A pit yawned below.>

2yawn

noun

Definition of YAWN for Kids

:  an opening of the mouth while taking a deep breath usually as an involuntary reaction to being tired or bored

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