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yawn

verb \ ˈyȯn , ˈyän \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

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

Examples of yawn in a Sentence

  1. Students were yawning in class.

Recent Examples of yawn from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of yawn

Middle English yenen, yanen, from Old English ginian; akin to Old High German ginēn to yawn, Latin hiare, Greek chainein


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yawn

noun

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 in a Sentence

  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

Recent Examples of yawn from the Web

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First Known Use of yawn

1602

yawn Synonyms

Synonyms
bore, drip, droner, dullsville, nudnik (also nudnick), snooze, snoozer, drag, yawner
Related Words
bummer, downer; bromide, pill
Near Antonyms
blast, gas [slang], kick, rush, upper

YAWN Defined for English Language Learners

yawn

verb

Definition of yawn for English Language Learners

  • : 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.


yawn

noun

Definition of yawn for English Language Learners

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

  • : something that is very boring


YAWN Defined for Kids

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yawn

verb \ ˈyȯn \

Definition of yawn for Students

yawned; yawning
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.

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yawn

noun

Definition of yawn for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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yawn

intransitive verb \ ˈyȯn, ˈyän \

medical Definition of yawn

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

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yawn

noun

medical Definition of yawn

:an opening of the mouth wide while taking a deep breath often as an involuntary reaction to fatigue or boredom


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