gap·​ing ˈgā-piŋ How to pronounce gaping (audio)
: wide open
a gaping hole

Examples of gaping in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While fentanyl can easily cause a deadly overdose, the addition of xylazine further slows breathing and can result in painful, gaping and disfiguring wounds on the user's body. Erika Edwards, NBC News, 11 July 2023 There is a gaping sense of hunger, particularly in a story of a love between two women, one with a crescent moon tattoo on her chest. Nina McLaughlin,, 9 Mar. 2023 Newsom won with 80 percent of the vote in Alameda County in 2018; two years later President Biden and Vice President Harris won the county by an equally gaping margin. Washington Post, 8 Sep. 2021 For people who lost their mothers to COVID-19, this Mother's Day is a reminder of a freshly gaping void. Alia E. Dastagir, USA TODAY, 7 May 2021 Then again, no one knew Dallas would lose four key players to the coronavirus for the better part of three weeks, the most gaping puncture wound that caused bloody January. Brad Townsend, Dallas News, 31 Jan. 2021 For Microsoft, the partnership fills the obvious and gaping hole in its offerings ever since Nadella threw in the towel on the company's own line of Windows phones. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, 7 Aug. 2019 While there is a big gaping hole in the global sporting calendar for the coming months, the schedule in France is suddenly looking very busy. Jerome Pugmire, Houston Chronicle, 15 Apr. 2020 Among all the gaping holes and wounds in our collective life that the new coronavirus has revealed is the fact that our public language long ago depleted its resources and then debased itself. Lee Siegel, New York Times, 28 Mar. 2020 See More

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Word History


from present participle of gape entry 1

First Known Use

1588, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gaping was in 1588

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“Gaping.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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