yawn·​er ˈyȯ-nər How to pronounce yawner (audio)
: one that yawns
: something that causes boredom
the show was a real yawner

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
Recent Examples on the Web Will Alabama turn the SEC race into a yawner? Edgar Thompson, Orlando Sentinel, 3 Sep. 2022 The Browns make this one a yawner. Dan Labbe, cleveland, 29 Nov. 2020 The first race was a bit of a yawner with Joey Logano holding off Christopher Bell to win by a scant 0.018 seconds. Los Angeles Times, 17 Feb. 2023 With all that going on, Joel Embiid’s 42 against New Orleans Monday was a yawner. Bob Ryan, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Jan. 2023 In a real yawner of a study, researchers found that chimps can catch yawns from humans, which suggests chimps may have the ability to empathize with a variety of creatures in a way that's similar to our own. Carl Engelking, Discover Magazine, 12 Mar. 2014 Psychologists have claimed that contagious yawning is linked to empathy in humans—those who yawn back are thought to be empathizing with the initial yawner’s feelings of boredom, fatigue or stress. Erica Tennenhouse, Discover Magazine, 22 Mar. 2018 If the stakes had not been so high—with election deniers on the ballot and the GOP running as the party of destruction—this would have been seen as a yawner of a midterm. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 28 Nov. 2022 This one might not have been quite as ugly as the Colts-Broncos yawner that had famed play-by-play announcer Al Michaels launching zingers and creating a buzz on social media. Andrew Seligman, BostonGlobe.com, 13 Oct. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Yawner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yawner. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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