- Veterinary Pathology. a parasitic disease of poultry and other birds, characterized by frequent gaping due to infestation of the trachea and bronchi with gapeworms.
- a fit of yawning.
Origin of gapes
- to stare with open mouth, as in wonder.
- to open the mouth wide involuntarily, as the result of hunger, sleepiness, or absorbed attention.
- to open as a gap; split or become open wide.
- a wide opening; gap; breach.
- an act or instance of gaping.
- a stare, as in astonishment or with the mouth wide open.
- a yawn.
- Zoology. the width of the open mouth.
Origin of gape
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Examples from the Web for gapes
Run with open eyes into the mouth of that destruction that gapes to devour thee!Imogen
What would you do if they got the gapes, and no one would feed them chopped onions?Girl Scouts in the Adirondacks
Lillian Elizabeth Roy
Your scrip, a-swinging by your side, Gapes with a gaunt mouth hungry-wide.The Book of Humorous Verse
A clean-cut wound that gapes wide is most desired by all parties.Three Men on the Bummel
Jerome K. Jerome
She's tender-hearted as a lamb, and'll nuss a chicken with the gapes for half a day.The Love Story of Abner Stone
Edwin Carlile Litsey
- a disease of young domestic fowl, characterized by gaping or gasping for breath and caused by parasitic worms (gapeworms)
- informal a fit of yawning
- to stare in wonder or amazement, esp with the mouth open
- to open the mouth wide, esp involuntarily, as in yawning or hunger
- to be or become wide openthe crater gaped under his feet
- the act of gaping
- a wide opening; breach
- the width of the widely opened mouth of a vertebrate
- a stare or expression of astonishment
Word Origin and History for gapes
early 13c., from an unrecorded Old English word or else from Old Norse gapa "to open the mouth, gape," common West Germanic (cf. Middle Dutch, Dutch gapen, German gaffen "to gape, stare," Swedish gapa, Danish gabe), from PIE *ghai- (see gap). Related: Gaped; gaping. As a noun, from 1530s.