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yawn

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verb \ˈyȯn, ˈyän\

Simple Definition of yawn

  • : 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

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to open wide :  gape

  3. 2 :  to open the mouth wide and take a deep breath usually as an involuntary reaction to fatigue or boredom

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to utter with a yawn

  6. 2 :  to accomplish with or impel by yawns <his grandchildren yawned him to bed — L. L. King>

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


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yawn

noun

Simple Definition of yawn

  • : 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. 1 :  gap, cavity

  2. 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. 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>



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First Known Use of yawn

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