- 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 gaping
A recent Pew Poll graphically likewise portrays the stark national divide, and the granular differences are gaping.The 2014 Election Is Yet Another Scrum in the Culture Wars
October 27, 2014
Remarkably, Americans have not risen in revolt against this gaping inequality.Obama’s Extravagant Summer Break? More Like, America’s Vacation-Deficit Disorder
August 10, 2014
After the Christians departed, Muslims moved in and scratched out the eyes of many saints, leaving them with gaping holes.The Secret Life of Cappadocia: Underground in the Turkish Rock Formations
August 22, 2013
The NRA forces lawmakers to gut a proposed law, leaving it with gaping loopholes.The Senate’s Worthless Gun-Control Compromise
April 12, 2013
“This is a huge, gaping hole in accountability,” says Flournoy.‘The Invisible War’ Spurs Action Against Military Rape
February 23, 2013
The nose was but a gaping orifice above a deformed and twisted mouth.The Monster Men
Edgar Rice Burroughs
And indeed you may believe he left a gaping audience behind him.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
That galling thought made the blood gush from his gaping wound.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Because this jail was gaping for me, and he stood beckoning at the door.'Barnaby Rudge
They stood about, gaping at each other, unable to realise what had happened to them.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
- wide open; extremely widea gaping hole
- 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 gaping
1570s (implied in gapingly), present participle adj. from gape (v.).
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.