yawning

adjective
yawn·​ing | \ ˈyȯ-niŋ How to pronounce yawning (audio) \

Definition of yawning

1 : wide open : cavernous a yawning hole yawning gaps in the plot
2 : showing fatigue or boredom by yawns a yawning audience

Other Words from yawning

yawningly \ ˈyȯ-​niŋ-​lē How to pronounce yawning (audio) \ adverb

Examples of yawning in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York may be at opposite ends of the ideological spectrum, but a more yawning gap between figures in the party has existed before. John Dickerson, The Atlantic, 1 Mar. 2022 The tunnels, some a yawning 33 feet in diameter and running up to 300 feet below city streets, stretch 109 miles and collectively hold 2.3 billion gallons of water. New York Times, 17 May 2020 In the interim, there was a yawning increase in American’s appetite for streaming entertainment at home. Chris Wilson, Time, 9 June 2021 There were other Kirby efforts over the years that sold more poorly or were met with more critical derision, but none had such a yawning and humiliating gap between ambition and reality. Abraham Riesman, Vulture, 18 Mar. 2021 First the city manager, then the police chief, departed amid withering criticism and a yawning budget deficit. Los Angeles Times, 20 Dec. 2020 The yawning atrium at the University of Florida Health Jacksonville hospital is being turned into a vaccination site. Washington Post, 12 Dec. 2020 Her third-quarter performance nearly closed what had been a yawning fundraising gap. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, 15 Oct. 2020 The title a season ago came by a mountainous and laughably easy 21 games over the Diamondbacks, the most yawning gap in all of baseball. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Aug. 2020 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'yawning.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of yawning

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

Learn More About yawning

Time Traveler for yawning

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near yawning

yawnful

yawning

yawny

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for yawning

Cite this Entry

“Yawning.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yawning. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Which Word Does Not Belong?

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!