yawn·​er | \ ˈyȯ-nər How to pronounce yawner (audio) \

Definition of yawner

1 : one that yawns
2 : something that causes boredom the show was a real yawner

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Examples of yawner in a Sentence

The show was a real yawner. even die-hard opera fans are finding this production to be a real yawner

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Ironically, The Windows 10 October 2018 Update was supposed to be a yawner, with unexciting improvements and minor new features. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft re-releases the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, admitting its testing needs to improve," 13 Nov. 2018 The Head and the Heart, meanwhile, didn't do itself any favors by opening with a string of mid-tempo yawners. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "5 reasons Willie Nelson, Sturgill Simpson and friends made Outlaw festival the place to be," 24 June 2018 The opening game of the 2018 World Cup was a yawner. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "This is the full-length version of funny World Cup commercial with Messi, Luis Suarez," 14 June 2018 Their defense was a yawner, their rebounding indifferent. Terry Pluto, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Cavaliers send message by winning epic opener -- Terry Pluto (photos)," 2 May 2018 But, as almost everyone has rightfully pointed out, it's been a yawner of a follow-up to last year's roaring Senate contest between Jones and Republican Roy Moore, which Jones won. John Sharp, AL.com, "Who gets helped by Alabama's 'boring and vanilla' governor's race," 6 Mar. 2018 For many reasons, the March 13 congressional special election in southwest Pennsylvania should be a yawner. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "The Lamb Surge: Democrat Looking Strong in Trump-Country Special Election," 5 Mar. 2018 These weren't yawners ... down the middle, on the green, two‑putt and one‑hand all your second putts in the hole. Steve Dimeglio, USA TODAY, "Tiger Woods 'very pleased' after finishing 3 under in return at Farmers Insurance Open," 28 Jan. 2018 The league wanted to spice of the All-Star Game after a series of yawners for their midseason classic, played with no intensity or defense. Joe Vardon, cleveland.com, "LeBron James making All-Star picks 'to win'; Stephen Curry may choose all guards," 19 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of yawner

1687, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of yawner was in 1687

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English Language Learners Definition of yawner

: a person who yawns
informal : something that is very boring

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