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gape

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verb \ˈgāp sometimes ˈgap\

Definition of gape

gaped

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gaping

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to open the mouth wideb :  to open or part widely holes gaped in the pavement

  3. 2 :  to gaze stupidly or in openmouthed surprise or wonder gaped at the squabbling monkeys

  4. 3 :  yawn The dull lecture made the students gape.

gapingly

play \ˈgā-piŋ-lē, ˈga-piŋ-\ adverb

Examples of gape in a Sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of gape

Middle English gapen, borrowed from Old Norse gapa, going back to Germanic *gapōn- (whence Middle Dutch gapen “to gaze stupidly,” Middle High German gaffen), perhaps of phonesthemic origin


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gape

noun

Definition of gape

  1. 1 :  an act of opening the mouth wide:a :  yawnb :  an openmouthed stare

  2. 2 :  an unfilled space or extent

  3. 3a :  the median margin-to-margin length of the open mouthb :  the line along which the mandibles (see mandible 1c) of a bird closec :  the width of an opening

  4. 4 gapes plural but singular in construction a :  a disease of birds and especially young birds in which gapeworms invade and irritate the trachea (see trachea 1)b :  a fit of yawning

Examples of gape in a Sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of gape

derivative of 1gape


GAPE Defined for English Language Learners

gape

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verb

Definition of gape for English Language Learners

  • : to open widely

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


GAPE Defined for Kids

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gape

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verb \ˈgāp\

Definition of gape for Students

gaped

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gaping

  1. 1 :  to stare with the mouth open in surprise or wonder … he stood and gaped at her in astonishment … — Astrid Lindgren, Pippi Longstocking

  2. 2 :  to open or part widely a gaping wound


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gape

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noun

Definition of gape for Students

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



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