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open-mouthed

[oh-puh n-mouth d, -moutht] /ˈoʊ pənˈmaʊðd, -ˈmaʊθt/
adjective
1.
having the mouth open.
2.
gaping, as with surprise or astonishment.
3.
greedy, ravenous, or rapacious.
4.
clamoring at the sight of game or prey, as hounds.
5.
vociferous or clamorous.
6.
having a wide mouth, as a pitcher or jar.
Origin of open-mouthed
1525-1535
First recorded in 1525-35
Related forms
open-mouthedly
[oh-puh n-mou-th id-lee, -moutht-lee] /ˈoʊ pənˈmaʊ ðɪd li, -ˈmaʊθt li/ (Show IPA),
adverb
open-mouthedness, noun
Synonyms
2. dumbfounded, flabbergasted, confounded, thunderstruck.
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Examples from the Web for open-mouthed
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  • I thought he must be crazed by over-study, and I could only sit and stare at him, open-mouthed.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • And off he stumped, leaving Cyrus staring after him, open-mouthed.

  • Frau Matilda now gazed at me with open-mouthed astonishment.

    City of Endless Night Milo Hastings
  • He, staring at her open-mouthed, replied that he was going nowhere.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • Two fat ladies, open-mouthed, were yawning with satisfaction.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • Mrs. Tripp turned to Mr. Bangs; he also was staring, open-mouthed.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • He stared, open-mouthed, after his nephew and niece, and then turned slowly to his friend.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Primmie, who had also come in from the kitchen, was listening, open-mouthed.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Lute Rogers was staring in at me, open-mouthed and horror-stricken.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
  • His amazement now was so open-mouthed as well as open-eyed that she could not help smiling.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for open-mouthed

open-mouthed

adjective
1.
having an open mouth, esp in surprise
2.
greedy or ravenous
3.
clamorous or vociferous
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