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.
Zoology. the width of the open mouth.
- gap·ing·ly, adverb
- sub·gape, verb (used without object), sub·gaped, sub·gap·ing.
- un·gap·ing, adjective
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How to use gape in a sentence
We want to relate to their humanity rather than gape at their untouchable infallibility.
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are represented by a gape-mouthed dancing blob named Big Red.
gape at the chart that shows the chilling growth in derivatives, just one flavor of “structured product.”
All the way we see people of so many kinds we have never seen before that it is difficult not to stand still and gape.Round the Wonderful World | G. E. Mitton
We gape, we grasp, we gripe, add store to 10 store; / Enough requires too much; too much craves more.
Once more the wedge was driven to the heart, until again the sides were spread a-gape.Indian Legends of Vancouver Island | Alfred Carmichael
Moulder, gape, and Snengkeld together could not make him pay for wine he had neither ordered nor swallowed.Orley Farm | Anthony Trollope
"In commercial rooms, as the gentleman must be aware, the rule is as stated by my friend on my right," said Mr. gape.Orley Farm | Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for gape
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 open: the 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
- See also gapes
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