gape

[ geyp, gap ]
/ geɪp, gæp /
||

verb (used without object), gaped, gap·ing.

noun


Nearby words

  1. gap 2,
  2. gap junction,
  3. gap phenomenon,
  4. gap year,
  5. gap-toothed,
  6. gaper,
  7. gapes,
  8. gapeseed,
  9. gapeworm,
  10. gaping

Origin of gape

1175–1225; Middle English < Old Norse gapa to open the mouth wide; compare German gaffen

SYNONYMS FOR gape
1. See gaze. 2, 3. yawn.

Related formsgap·ing·ly, adverbsub·gape, verb (used without object), sub·gaped, sub·gap·ing.un·gap·ing, adjective

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gape


British Dictionary definitions for gape

gape

/ (ɡeɪp) /

verb (intr)

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

noun

See also gapes

Word Origin for gape

C13: from Old Norse gapa; related to Middle Dutch gapen, Danish gabe

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for gape

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper