yawn·​ing ˈyȯ-niŋ How to pronounce yawning (audio)
: wide open : cavernous
a yawning hole
yawning gaps in the plot
: showing fatigue or boredom by yawns
a yawning audience
yawningly adverb

Examples of yawning in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of yawning was before the 12th century

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“Yawning.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yawning. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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