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 yawningly (audio) \ adverb

First Known Use of yawning

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

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yawn

yawner

yawnful

yawning

yawny

yawp

yawping

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

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yawning

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of yawning

: very large or wide open

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